- near in space, time, or relation: The time draws nigh.
- nearly; almost; (often followed by on or onto): nigh onto twenty years.
- near; approaching: Evening is nigh.
- short or direct: to take the nighest route.
- (of an animal or vehicle) being on the left side: to be astride the nigh horse.
- Archaic. parsimonious; stingy.
- Archaic. to approach.
Origin of nigh
Examples from the Web for nigh
Contemporary Examples of nigh
Three quarters of those people believe the end of the world is nigh.The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
Naturally, this has doomsayers preaching that the end is nigh.Best of the ‘Blood Moon’
The Daily Beast Video
October 8, 2014
Replacing the bread in a sandwich with fried meat makes me worry the apocalypse is nigh.Doc Says No to Soylent
May 13, 2014
We pulled every string we could for nigh on a year and a half.Can You Paint Like Johannes Vermeer, Too?
December 6, 2013
It has used that rage mostly effectively for nigh on 50 years now, since Barry Goldwater.The Day the Mad Dogs Took Over the Republican Party
October 11, 2013
Historical Examples of nigh
The major, on his way to Corney, told the father that the end was nigh.Weighed and Wanting
He was soon so nigh, that there could be no possible mistake about the matter.Tanglewood Tales
It wuz, as nigh as I could calkerlate, about a hour and three-quarters long.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 3.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
"La victorie," said the other, drawing so nigh as to be heard in a loud whisper.
No, no; my knowledge for it, neither of them was nigh fainting, hereaway.
- an archaic, poetic, or dialect word for near
Word Origin for nigh
"near," Old English neah (West Saxon), neh (Anglian), common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon nah, Old Frisian nei, Middle Dutch, Dutch na, Old High German nah, German nah, Gothic nehwa), with no cognates outside Germanic. The Old English progression was neah - near - niehsta, for "nigh - near - next." But the comparative near and the superlative nehst (see next) gradually evolved into separate words not felt as related to nigh. New comparative and superlative forms nigher, nighest developed 14c. as phonetic changes obscured the original relationships. As an adjective from Middle English.