Definition of nigh in English:


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Pronunciation: /nʌɪ

adverb, preposition, & adjective

1 archaic or literary Near: [as adjective]: the end is nigh [as adverb]: they drew nigh unto the city
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  • Thus, my look and in depth coverage of Roman cuisine draws nigh to a close.
  • I suppose time will tell what happens as the date draws nigh.
  • But with Election Day drawing nigh once more, guess who is promising what once again?
2Almost: [as adverb]: a car weighing nigh on two tons
More example sentences
  • I think it is nigh on impossible to remove religious teaching from the classroom (at least for the foreseeable future).
  • The only thing close to getting the media coverage that race relations has been getting for nigh on two months was what to do about superannuation.
  • The third, John, hasn't seen the other two for nigh on 20 years, having started a family and taken on the responsibilities that go with it.
well-nigh, almost, nearly, just about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, next to, close to, near, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing, about;
roughly, approximately;
informal pretty nearly, pretty much, pretty well


Old English nēh, nēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch na, German nah. Compare with near.

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