Adjective "nigher" definition and examples

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

Pronunciation

/ˈnʌɪli/

Definitions and examples

adverb

Almost, nearly.

    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)

    "imports can be nigher."

    Origin

    (nigh)Old English; earliest use found in King Alfred (c848–899), king of the West Saxons and of the Anglo-Saxons. Cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch nālīke, nālijc, nālic, Old High German nāhlīhho (Middle High German nāchlīche, naehelīche), Old Icelandic náliga (Icelandic nálega) from the Germanic base of nigh + the Germanic base of -ly.