Nigh

  • 1 Nigh — (n[imac]), a. [Compar. {Nigher} (n[imac] [ e]r); superl. {Nighest}, or {Next} (n[e^]kst).] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. ne[ a]h, n[=e]h; akin to D. na, adv., OS. n[=a]h, a., OHG. n[=a]h, G. nah, a., nach to, after, Icel. n[=a] (in comp.) nigh,… …

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  • 2 Nigh — Nigh, adv. [AS. ne[ a]h, n[=e]h. See {Nigh}, a.] 1. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near. [1913 Webster] He was sick, nigh unto death. Phil. ii. 27. [1913 Webster] He drew not nigh unheard; the angel bright, Ere… …

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  • 3 Nigh — is a surname, and may refer to: George Nigh, Governor of Oklahoma Jane Nigh, American actress William Nigh, American film director, writer, and actor This page or section lists people with the surname Nigh. If an …

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  • 4 nigh — [naı] adv [: Old English; Origin: neah] 1.) nigh on old fashioned almost ▪ There were nigh on 40 people there. 2.) literary near or soon ▪ Winter draws nigh (=will start soon) . →↑well nigh …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 nigh — [ naı ] adverb be/draw nigh LITERARY to be going to happen soon: The end of the world is nigh! nigh on something OLD FASHIONED almost: NEARLY …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 Nigh — Nigh, v. t. & i. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near. [Obs.] Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2). [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Nigh — Nigh, prep. Near to; not remote or distant from. was not this nigh shore? Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 Nigh — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: George Nigh (* 1927), ehemaliger US amerikanischer Politiker William Nigh (1881–1955), US amerikanischer Regisseur und Schauspieler Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidu …

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  • 9 nigh — (adv.) near, O.E. neah (W.Saxon), neh (Anglian), common Germanic (Cf. O.S. nah, O.Fris. nei, M.Du., Du. na, O.H.G. nah, Ger. nah, Goth. nehwa), with no cognates outside Germanic. The Old English progression was neah near niehsta, for nigh near… …

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  • 10 nigh — nigh·ly; nigh·ness; nigh; …

    English syllables

  • 11 nigh on — Almost, nearly • • • Main Entry: ↑nigh …

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  • 12 nigh — index approximate, close (near), forthcoming, future, immediate (imminent), present (attendant) …

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  • 13 nigh — adj & adv *close, near, nearby Antonyms: far …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 14 nigh — ► ADVERB , PREPOSITION , & ADJECTIVE archaic ▪ near. ORIGIN Old English …

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  • 15 nigh — [nī] Now Chiefly Dial. adv. nigher, nighest [ME neih < OE neah, akin to Ger nahe, Goth nehw] 1. near in time, place, etc. 2. nearly; almost adj. nigher, nighest 1. near; close …

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  • 16 nigh — /naɪ / (say nuy) adverb Archaic 1. near in space, time, or relation: the end is nigh; Christmas is drawing nigh. 2. nearly or almost: it might be nigh impossible; nigh as big as his brother. –adjective (nigher, nighest or next) 3. US (with… …

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  • 17 nigh — [[t]na͟ɪ[/t]] 1) ADV: be ADV If an event is nigh, it will happen very soon. [OLD FASHIONED] → See also well nigh The end of the world may be nigh, but do we really care?... The storm must still be nigh, she thought. Syn: close, near 2) PHRASE:… …

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  • 18 nigh — /nuy/, adv., adj., nigher, nighest, prep., v. adv. 1. near in space, time, or relation: The time draws nigh. 2. nearly; almost; (often fol. by on or onto): nigh onto twenty years. adj. 3. near; approaching: Evening is nigh. 4. short or direct: to …

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  • 19 nigh — adverb 1 nigh on old fashioned almost: There were nigh on 40 people there. 2 literary near: draw nigh (=come near or be about to happen soon): Winter draws nigh. see also: well­nigh …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 nigh — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nēah; akin to Old High German nāh, adverb, nigh, preposition, nigh, after, Old Norse nā nigh Date: before 12th century 1. near in place, time, or relationship often used with on, onto, or unto …

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