Adjective "nigh" definition and examples

(Nigh may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/nʌɪ/

Definitions and examples

adjective, preposition, & adverb

Near.
  1. as adverb 'they drew nigh unto the city'
  2. 'As with any games referee decisions were called into question in the quarter finals, building the tension as the end drew nigh.'
  3. 'Days and weeks roll by and Winter nights draw nigh and everything that lives must die'
  4. 'As the time for outrageously big prizes draws nigh, I want to give a very special thanks to the people who made it all possible.'
  5. 'Forbidden were men to draw nigh the plant, yet weaker were their still young and innocent minds to words of deception.'
  6. 'The provincial finals, which are drawing nigh, will also throw more light on the road ahead.'
  7. 'We were friends, good friends, but the time was drawing nigh when I had to lay my cards on the table.'
  8. 'Time for all passed pleasantly until the time of departure drew nigh.'
Almost.
  1. 'They range from the poor state of the roads to sheer recklessness on the part of some drivers who have nigh on abandoned all road safety rules.'
  2. 'For nigh on three decades Jim Ryan has been an integral part of the teaching staff at our local Christian Brothers secondary school.'
  3. 'How do people fit everything in I wonder… and work nigh on full time?'
  4. 'Instead, with the match already nigh on a 7,000 sell-out, everywhere they look the stars will be on the other side of the field.'
  5. 'This reviewer sadly is not, so conveying more than two-and-a-half hours of pure joy into 250 words is nigh on impossible.'
  6. 'After the initial shock and awe passes, commanding his respect will be nigh unto impossible.'
  7. 'Yes, the logistics of accommodating and transporting the world's best athletes for nigh on a month will mean disruption on a massive scale.'
  8. 'With all deference to the bigger issues, it is nigh on impossible to quantify the potential economic effects of these events.'
  9. 'The third, John, hasn't seen the other two for nigh on 20 years, having started a family and taken on the responsibilities that go with it.'
  10. 'Trust me, this will be something that will be nigh unto impossible to break.'

More definitions

1. near in space, time, or relation: The time draws nigh.

2. nearly; almost; (often followed by on or onto): nigh onto twenty years. adjective, nigher, nighest.

3. near; approaching: Evening is nigh.

4. short or direct: to take the nighest route.

5. (of an animal or vehicle) being on the left side: to be astride the nigh horse.

6. Archaic. parsimonious; stingy. preposition

7. near. verb (used with or without object)

8. Archaic. to approach.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be nigh to swounds."

"ends can be nigh for brings."

"ends can be nigh."

"times can be nigh."

"testimonies can be nigh."

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Origin

Old English nēh, nēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch na, German nah. Compare with near.