from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Near in time, place, or relationship: Evening draws nigh.
  • adv. Nearly; almost: talked for nigh onto two hours.
  • adj. Being near in time, place, or relationship; close. See Synonyms at close.
  • adj. Being on the left side of an animal or vehicle: pulling hard on the nigh rein.
  • adj. Being the animal or vehicle on the left: the nigh horse.
  • prep. Not far from; near.
  • transitive v. To come near to or draw near.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. near, close by, almost
  • v. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.
  • adv. almost, nearly
  • prep. near; close to

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.
  • adj. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
  • adv. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.
  • adv. Almost; nearly.
  • prep. Near to; not remote or distant from.
  • v. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Close at hand; not far distant in time or place; at hand; near.
  • Closely.
  • Near the quick; keenly; bitterly.
  • Nearly; almost; within a little (of being).
  • Near to; at no great distance from.
  • Being close at hand; being near.
  • Near in relationship or interest; closely allied, as by blood.
  • Penurious; stingy; close; near: as, a nigh customer.
  • On the left: as, the nigh horse.
  • To come nigh; draw near; approach.
  • To come near to; approach.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. near in time or place or relationship
  • adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
  • adj. being on the left side
  • adj. not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances


Middle English neigh, from Old English nēah, nēh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English nēah, nēh, from Proto-Germanic *nēhw. (Wiktionary)



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