Definitions of nigh

  1. ( of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; ` near' is sometimes used informally for ` nearly' and ` most' is sometimes used informally for ` almost'; " the job is ( just) about done"; " the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; " we're almost finished"; " the car all but ran her down"; " he nearly fainted"; " talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; " the recording is well- nigh perfect"; " virtually all the parties signed the contract"; " I was near exhausted by the run"; " most everyone agrees"
  2. near in time or place or relationship; " as the wedding day drew near"; " stood near the door"; " don't shoot until they come near"; " getting near to the true explanation"; " her mother is always near"; " The end draws nigh"; " the bullet didn't come close"; " don't get too close to the fire"
  3. being on the left side; " the near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; " the animal's left side is its near or nigh side"
  4. near in space or time
  5. Near.
  6. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.
  7. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
  8. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.
  9. Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead.
  10. To draw nigh ( to); to approach; to come near.
  11. Near to; not remote or distant from.
  12. Being near in time or place; as, the hour of his triumph is nigh; adjacent; closely related by blood or friendship; as, nigh relatives; on the left; as, the nigh horse.
  13. Nigher.
  14. Nighest.
  15. Near in time or place; as, they came nigh to us; close by; as, they live nigh here; almost; as, he was nigh starved.
  16. Near: not distant: not remote in time, etc.: close.
  17. Near: almost.
  18. Near to: not distant from.
  19. Near; not distant; not remote; closely allied.
  20. Near; not distant or remote in time or place; contiguous; closely allied by blood; close in fellowship.
  21. Near to a place; almost; near by.
  22. Near; almost close to.

Usage examples for nigh

  1. My reply was that I would have nothing to do with it; so that now they are laughing at me, and I am so worried that I am well- nigh mad. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  2. I's got a poun' cake a- cookin' in de oben an' I s'picion it nigh 'bout time ter take it out. – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  3. How should a, and him nigh drowned? – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  4. God, if He is little regarded in peace, is hard to come nigh to in war. – Thoughts on religion at the front by Neville Stuart Talbot
  5. Not nigh the end. – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  6. They have been nigh two hours in conference. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  7. Likewise of Russia's drawing steadily nigh. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  8. " Well, well," said Adam, " Sir Reginald had nigh reached four score years and ten, and that's a fair age. – Won from the Waves by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. Death is already drawing nigh. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  10. Men whose fortunes are well- nigh desperate, are of easy faith, and the conditions of this poor German Baron were accepted. – Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica by James Boswell
  11. I wants to slip out quiet so as Steve and th' old woman won't never know as I've been nigh. – Six Plays by Florence Henrietta Darwin
  12. Then draw nigh, all of you, to the walls and hear my decision. – The Strong Arm by Robert Barr
  13. " I had well nigh forgot that," he said in an aside to Hugo. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  14. Somehow I lost nigh all o' mine, and I'm sufferin', dyin' for a drink. – A Victorious Union SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  15. She oughter know him certain an' shore; bekaze he's bin a- floppin' in an' out er this house ever' Sunday fer mighty nigh two year'. – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  16. It pretty nigh broke his heart to think she was running my house instead of his. – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  17. But, indeed, I know nothing or well- nigh nothing. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  18. " He ain't nowher's nigh the sloop," responded Perkins. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  19. " I heers tell," he began, " thet ther whole world, pretty nigh, air at war an' thet corn's goin' ter be wuth money enough, this crop, ter pay fer haulin' hit." – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  20. Cutting worked for me nigh onto a year. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White