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  • 1 well-nigh — O.E. wel neah, from WELL (Cf. well) (adv.) + NIGH (Cf. nigh) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 Well-nigh — adv. Almost; nearly. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 well-nigh — adv old fashioned almost ▪ It will be well nigh impossible to raise that amount of money …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 well-nigh — adverb INFORMAL nearly but not completely: It would be well nigh impossible to get there in less than an hour …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 well-nigh — meaning ‘nearly, almost wholly or entirely’, has been in continuous use since the Old English period but is now usually regarded as literary or archaic in tone: • If your country is the size of a postage stamp, your population is unsophisticated… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 well-nigh — *nearly, almost, approximately …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 well-nigh — well′ nigh′ adv. very nearly; almost • Etymology: bef. 1150 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 8 well-nigh — ► ADVERB chiefly literary ▪ almost …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 well-nigh — [wel′nī′] adv. very nearly; almost …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 well-nigh — also well nigh ADV: ADV adj Well nigh means almost, but not completely or exactly. Finding a rug that s just the colour, size and price you want can be well nigh impossible. ...a hierarchical structure that was well nigh unassailable. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 well-nigh — adverb BrE formal or AmE almost, but not quite: The company has existed for well nigh 200 years. | well nigh impossible: Getting them to agree would be well nigh impossible …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 well-nigh — adverb (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but (Freq. 1) 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 …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 well-nigh — adverb enforcing the recycling ordinance is well nigh impossible Syn: almost, nearly, just about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, nearing, close to, approaching; roughly, approximately; informal pretty much, nigh on …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 well-nigh — adverb Date: 12th century almost, nearly < well nigh impossible > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 well-nigh — /wel nuy /, adv. very nearly; almost: It s well nigh bedtime. [bef. 1150; ME; OE] Syn. See almost. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 16 well-nigh — adv. Well nigh is used with these adjectives: ↑impossible …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 well nigh — see well nigh …

    English dictionary

  • 18 well-nigh — UK / US adverb informal nearly but not completely It would be well nigh impossible to get there in less than an hour …

    English dictionary

  • 19 well-nigh — /ˈwɛl naɪ/ (say wel nuy) adverb very nearly; almost. {well1 + nigh} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 well-nigh — adverb almost, very nearly …

    Wiktionary