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Princeton's WordNet

  1. near, close, nighadjective

    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, closeadverb

    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-nighadverb

    (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"


  1. nighverb

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

  2. nighadverb

    almost, nearly

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

  3. nighadjective

    near, close by, almost

    The end is nigh!

  4. nighpreposition

    near; close to

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

  5. Etymology: neah, neh, from nēhw.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nighadjective

    The loud tumult shews the battle nigh. Matthew Prior.

    He committed the protection of his son Asanes to two of his nigh kinsmen and assured friends. Richard Knolles.

    His uncle or uncle’s son, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family, may redeem him. Lev. xxv. 49.

    His sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him. Lev. xxi. 3.

  2. Nighadverb

    The day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand. Jo. ii. 1.

    He was sick nigh unto death. Phil. ii. 27.

    He drew nigh, and to me held,
    Ev’n to my mouth, of that same fruit held part
    Which he had pluck’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    I will defer that anxious thought,
    And death, by fear, shall not be nigher brought. Dryd.

  3. NIGHprep.

    At no great distance from.

    Etymology: nyh , Saxon.

    They shone
    Stars distant, but nigh hand seem’d other worlds. John Milton.

    Nigh this recess, with terror they survey,
    Where death maintains his dread tyrannic sway. Samuel Garth.

  4. To Nighverb

    To approach; to advance; to draw near.

    Etymology: from the particle.

    Now day is done, and night is nighing fast. Hubberd.


  1. Nigh

    Nigh is a surname.


  1. nigh

    Nigh is an adverb, adjective, or preposition that means near or almost. It is often used to express proximity in time, place or relationship. This term is somewhat archaic and is not frequently used in modern English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nigh

    not distant or remote in place or time; near

  2. Nigh

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

  3. Nighadjective

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

  4. Nighadjective

    almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead

  5. Nigh

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

  6. Nigh

    near to; not remote or distant from

  7. 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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NIGH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nigh is ranked #15328 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nigh surname appeared 1,913 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Nigh.

    92.5% or 1,771 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 43 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 35 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 33 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.

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  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live death is nigh at hand while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good.

  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. Moliere:

    If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.

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Translations for nigh

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  • приближавам се, доближавам сеBulgarian
  • nah bei, nahezu, nahe, beinaheGerman
  • κοντάGreek
  • cercano, cercaSpanish
  • نزدیک شدن, نزدیکPersian
  • lähestyä, lähes, lähelläFinnish
  • s'approcher, procheFrench
  • קָרוֹבHebrew
  • arti, šaliaLithuanian
  • dichtbij, naderbij, nabijDutch
  • bliski, bliskoPolish
  • приблизительно, ближний, около, почти, приближаться, возле, близиться, рядом, близкий, близкоRussian
  • blizu, u bliziniSerbo-Croatian
  • när, nära, nästan, närma, närpåSwedish
  • yaklaşmak, yakın, neredeyseTurkish
  • ở gầnVietnamese

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