[uh-nahy]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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anigh

Historical Examples of anigh

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for anigh

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper