What does nigh mean?

Definitions for nigh
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nigh.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. near, close, nigh(adj)

    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"

  2. near(a), nigh(a)(adverb)

    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"

  3. near, nigh, close(adverb)

    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"

  4. about, almost, most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh(adverb)

    (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"

Wiktionary

  1. nigh(Verb)

    To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.

    Etymology: neah, neh, from nēhw.

  2. nigh(Adverb)

    almost, nearly

    Achieving the summit in a single day is well-nigh impossible.

    Etymology: neah, neh, from nēhw.

  3. nigh(Adjective)

    near, close by, almost

    The end is nigh!

    Etymology: neah, neh, from nēhw.

  4. nigh(Preposition)

    near; close to

    When the Moon is horned ... is it not ever nigh the Sun?

    Etymology: neah, neh, from nēhw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nigh

    not distant or remote in place or time; near

    Etymology: [AS. neh, nh. See Nigh, a.]

  2. Nigh

    not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate

    Etymology: [AS. neh, nh. See Nigh, a.]

  3. Nigh(adj)

    in a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near

    Etymology: [AS. neh, nh. See Nigh, a.]

  4. Nigh(adj)

    almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead

    Etymology: [AS. neh, nh. See Nigh, a.]

  5. Nigh

    to draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near

    Etymology: [AS. neh, nh. See Nigh, a.]

  6. Nigh

    near to; not remote or distant from

    Etymology: [AS. neh, nh. See Nigh, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nigh

    nī, adj. near: not distant in place or time: not far off in degree, kindred, &c.: close.—adv. nearly: almost.—prep. near to: not distant from.—adv. Nigh′ly, nearly: within a little.—n. Nigh′ness, the state or quality of being nigh: nearness. [A.S. néah, néh; Dut. na, Ger. nahe.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nigh in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nigh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of nigh in a Sentence

  1. John Milton:

    Accuse not nature, she hath done her partDo thou but thine, and be not diffidentOf wisdom, she deserts thee not, if thouDismiss not her, when most thou needest her nigh,By attributing overmuch to thingsLess excellent, as thou thyself perceivest.

  2. Ann Wilson:

    It was darn nigh impossible for women in rock in the 70s. There wasn't a mold if you were a woman and you were in the entertainment in the 70s. You were probably a disco diva or a folk singer, or simply ornamental. Radio would play only one woman per hour.

  3. James Hardy:

    That said, if China's on the ground and is heavily armed, then it is going to be nigh on impossible for anyone to challenge or remove it, so international law is moot on this one.

  4. Richard Teague:

    Finding planets at this stage in their life is extremely hard and essentially boils down to finding enough evidence to show that only a planet could cause what we see, this is because the planets are still surrounded by gas and dust which is flowing on to them to form their atmospheres and trying to pierce through this surrounding material is nigh on impossible.

  5. Francis Bacon:

    Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.

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Translations for nigh

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  • доближавам се, приближавам сеBulgarian
  • nah bei, beinahe, nahe, nahezuGerman
  • κοντάGreek
  • cerca, cercanoSpanish
  • نزدیک, نزدیک شدنPersian
  • lähestyä, lähes, lähelläFinnish
  • proche, s'approcherFrench
  • arti, šaliaLithuanian
  • dichtbij, nabij, naderbijDutch
  • blisko, bliskiPolish
  • возле, близиться, близко, ближний, близкий, рядом, приближаться, почти, около, приблизительноRussian
  • u blizini, blizuSerbo-Croatian
  • när, närpå, nära, närma, nästanSwedish
  • neredeyse, yaklaşmak, yakınTurkish
  • ở gầnVietnamese

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