adjective, nigh·er, nigh·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- nigger of the narcissus, the,
- night and day,
- night blindness,
- night bolt,
- night coach
Origin of nigh
Examples from the Web for nigh
Three quarters of those people believe the end of the world is nigh.
Naturally, this has doomsayers preaching that the end is nigh.
Replacing the bread in a sandwich with fried meat makes me worry the apocalypse is nigh.
We pulled every string we could for nigh on a year and a half.
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|Michael Tomasky|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Makes me nigh get that way myself, every time I recall—Whist!Dorothy at Oak Knowe|Evelyn Raymond
Perhaps, indeed, the end of time is nigh, and we shall witness that fall of the old world with which others threaten us.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
A long hour had nigh elapsed, and the watchers were grown weary.
"The poor crathur's nigh murthered wid him intirely," said a countrywoman from the street.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson|Anthony Trollope
And fear'st thou not the fiery host of Greece, Thy foes implacable, so nigh at hand?The Iliad of Homer|Homer
adjective, adverb, preposition
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.