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Meaning & Definition of Nigh in English

English

Nigh

/naɪ/

adjective

1. Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

  • "Near neighbors"
  • "In the near future"
  • "They are near equals"
  • "His nearest approach to success"
  • "A very near thing"
  • "A near hit by the bomb"
  • "She was near tears"
  • "She was close to tears"
  • "Had a close call"
    synonym:
  • near
  • ,
  • close
  • ,
  • nigh

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • near(a)
  • ,
  • nigh(a)

adverb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • close

2. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

  • All but
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • almost
  • ,
  • most
  • ,
  • nearly
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • virtually
  • ,
  • well-nigh

Examples of using

Night draws nigh.
Nowadays it is nigh on impossible to find a girl who does not wear a tattoo.
The end is nigh.