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[uh-nahy] /əˈnaɪ/ Chiefly New England and Midland U.S. Older Use.
near; close to.
nearby; close by.
Origin of anigh
1765-75; a- (as in anear) + nigh Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ere for the knight his helmet / they undid again, From his head they drew the spear-point; / to death he was anigh.

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

  • 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.

  • The fury of Scylla and the roaring recesses of her crags you have been anigh; the rocks of the Cyclops you have trodden.

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

  • But she bent over him till her face was anigh his, and he lifted up his face and kissed her mouth.

  • Some people have a way of gettin' the biggest share of nearly everybody's liking that comes next or anigh 'em.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • But wait a bit; her's rare an' wroth this mornin', and I ain't sure as it's safe to be anigh her.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • No soljer's ever anigh 'em, and they've jest got lots and plenty o' everything.

  • Well, when he's let loose, don't he go chevying and racing about over everything and into everything that's next or anigh him?

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
Word Origin and History for anigh

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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