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anigh

[uh-nahy]Chiefly New England and Midland U.S. Older Use.
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preposition
  1. near; close to.
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adverb
  1. nearby; close by.
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Origin of anigh

1765–75; a- (as in anear) + nigh
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Examples from the Web for anigh

Historical Examples

  • But how could the beetle-powder have got anigh the children out of my pocket, sir?

    Johnny Ludlow, Second Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • No soljer's ever anigh 'em, and they've jest got lots and plenty o' everything.

  • And high time, Hasn't been anigh them this three years, by all accounts.

  • And you little maiden, take an old man's warning, and look before you leap, as mayhap I and Jowler may not be anigh next time.

  • Ere for the knight his helmet / they undid again, From his head they drew the spear-point; / to death he was anigh.


Word Origin and History for anigh

adv.

"nearby," c.1200, from a- (1) + nigh.

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