Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Near at hand; nearly; almost.
  • Near; close at hand; nigh; adjacent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Obs. or Scot. Near; near at hand; closely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Nearby.
  • adverb now dialectal Nearly.
  • adverb now dialectal Nearby.
  • preposition now dialectal Nearby.

Etymologies

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From Middle English nerehonde.

Examples

  • So now I purpose to equip him with merchandise, that he may depart hence with a light heart; for his country is nearhand.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This much concerning Badr al-Hasan and Sitt al-Husn his cousin; but as regards the Ifrit, as soon as he saw the twain asleep, he said to the Ifritah, “Arise, slip thee under the youth and let us carry him back to his place ere dawn overtake us; for the day is nearhand.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Presently, I caught sight of a cave nearhand, with a narrow doorway; so I entered and seeing a great stone close to the mouth, I rolled it up and stopped the entrance, saying to myself, “I am safe here for the night; and as soon as it is day, I will go forth and see what destiny will do.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Sandy gae a bit hauch, an 'swallowed a spittal, an' stappin 'forrit a bittie, began -- "Mester Chairman ----" He gae Pottie a glower that nearhand knokit him aff the box he was sittin' on.

    My Man Sandy

  • It wud be nearhand twal o'clock when I ran doon for them.

    My Man Sandy

  • It gaed doon the wrang road, an 'Sandy was nearhand chokit.

    My Man Sandy

  • Juist as I was gaen awa 'to screw doon the gas, it gae twa or three lowps, an' oot it gaed; an 'afore I kent whaur I was, there was a reeshilin' an 'rummelin' on the ruif that wudda nearhand fleggit the very fowk i 'the kirkyaird.

    My Man Sandy

  • When Sandy's on for doin 'something special, he nearhand aye mak's a gutter o't some wey or ither.

    My Man Sandy

  • As I cudda tell'd afore he gaed up, he wasna there five meenits when he was nearhand at the fechtin 'wi' the man aboot the wey he drave his horse.

    My Man Sandy

  • "There was a lad was born in Kyle," juist nearhand garred Sandy jump aff his seat.

    My Man Sandy

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