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  1. very nearly; almost: It's well-nigh bedtime.
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Origin of well-nigh

before 1150; Middle English; Old English

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See almost.
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  • Save for the dead, this natural clearing was well-nigh deserted.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The day was well-nigh gone when they came near to the greenwood tree.

  • As a matter of fact she had been well-nigh bored to death there.

  • His horse had floundered in a snow-drift, and he himself was well-nigh frozen.

  • Here the infamous Tschauna harassed me and well-nigh put me to shame.

British Dictionary definitions for well-nigh


  1. nearly; almostit's well-nigh three o'clock
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Word Origin and History for well-nigh


Old English wel neah, from well (adv.) + nigh.

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