Nigh (?), a. [Compar. Nigher (?); superl. Nighest, or Next ().] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. ne�xa0;h, nh; akin to D. na, adv., OS. nah, a., OHG. nah, G. nah, a., nach to, after, Icel. na (in comp.) nigh, Goth. nhw, nhwa, adv., nigh. Cf. Near, Neighbor, Next.]


Not distant or remote in place or time; near.

The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. Prior.


Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.

"Nigh kinsmen."


Ye ... are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. ii. 13.

Syn. -- Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.


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Nigh, adv. [AS. ne�xa0;h, nh. See Nigh, a.]


In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.

He was sick, nigh unto death. Phil. ii. 27.

He drew not nigh unheard; the angel bright, Ere he drew nigh, his radiant visage turned. Milton.


Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead.


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Nigh, v. t. & i.

To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.


Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2).


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Nigh, prep.

Near to; not remote or distant from.

"was not this nigh shore?"



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