- 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 nigher
Historical Examples of nigher
The nigher we got, the harder he stared; and the man in front was actin' similar in regards to him.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
It's nigher fifty years since I used to sell clocks, hereabouts.
This is a consolation, dear Clifford, though it brings us no nigher to our wish.Confession
W. Gilmore Simms
"I guess peeanner's nigher right," observed Peleg critically.The Duke of Stockbridge
"I thought I was nigher my journey's end than that, marm," said he.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
- an archaic, poetic, or dialect word for near
Word Origin for nigh
Word Origin and History for nigher
"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.