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Origin of nigh

before 900; Middle English nigh(e), neye,Old English nēah, nēh, cognate with Dutch na,German nahe,Old Norse nā-,Gothic nehw, nehwa;cf. near, next

OTHER WORDS FROM nigh

un·nigh, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nigh

nigh
/ (naɪ) /

adjective, adverb, preposition
an archaic, poetic, or dialect word for near

Word Origin for nigh

Old English nēah, nēh; related to German nah, Old Frisian nei. Compare near, next
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