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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. 2018.
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  • But how could the beetle-powder have got anigh the children out of my pocket, sir?

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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
Word Origin and History for anigh

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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