adverb, near·er, near·est.
adjective, near·er, near·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- neap tide,
- neapolitan ice cream,
- neapolitan sixth,
- near at hand,
- near beer,
- near east,
- near field communication,
- near gale
- in the immediate vicinity: There is a shopping area near at hand.
- in the near future; soon: The departure is near at hand.
Origin of near
Examples from the Web for nearness
His sudden sense of her nearness and beauty belied the careless words.Harriet and the Piper|Kathleen Norris
It is as though two earthly lovers, in full sight and nearness, are filled each for each with great love, and are content.The Golden Fountain|Lilian Staveley
Yet as the days passed, he became more interested in her, influenced by her nearness to him, and still more by her remoteness.The Mountain Girl|Payne Erskine
I simply felt it in a kind of nearness—as if I couldn't get away from you.Sanctuary|Edith Wharton
Father Lustucru, animated by the nearness of his vengeance, did not remark what passed in the mind of his companion.The Story of a Cat|mile Gigault de La Bdollire
- the left side of a horse, team of animals, vehicle, etc
- (as modifier)the near foreleg
Word Origin for near
Old English near "closer, nearer," comparative of neah, neh"nigh." Influenced by Old Norse naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comparative nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). As an adjective from c.1300. Originally an adverb but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted correct nigh as an adjective. Related: Nearness. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1908.
"to draw near," 1510s, from near (adv.). Related: Neared; nearing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with near
- near at hand
- near miss
- near thing
- near to one's heart
- far and near
- in the near future
- not anything like (anywhere near)