- very nearly; almost: It's well-nigh bedtime.
Origin of well-nigh
before 1150; Middle English; Old English
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Examples from the Web for well-nigh
Save for the dead, this natural clearing was well-nigh deserted.In the Valley
The day was well-nigh gone when they came near to the greenwood tree.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
As a matter of fact she had been well-nigh bored to death there.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
His horse had floundered in a snow-drift, and he himself was well-nigh frozen.
Here the infamous Tschauna harassed me and well-nigh put me to shame.
- nearly; almostit's well-nigh three o'clock
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Word Origin and History for well-nigh
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