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

Origin of well-nigh

before 1150; Middle English; Old English

Synonym study

See almost.
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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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