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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Definitions for well-nigh

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

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Citations for well-nigh
I am well-nigh resolved they shall bind me to the court no longer. What can farther service and higher favour give me, beyond the high rank, and large estate which I have already secured? Sir Walter Scott, Kenilworth, 1821
Yet another year of long-suffering has been granted to you, which has well-nigh rolled into eternity and now standing upon its very edge, you are still unsaved. G. H. Eastbourne, "Spare It Another Year," The Gospel Watchman, December 1, 1881
Origin of well-nigh
Well-nigh has been in English since before 1150. It was used in both Middle English and Old English.