Nigh a. [Compar. Nigher superl. Nighest, or Next ]
1. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.
The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. --Prior.
2. 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.
1. 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.
2. Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead.
Nigh, v. t. & i. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near. [Obs.]
Nigh, prep. Near to; not remote or distant from. “was not this nigh shore?”
adj 1: being on the left side; "the near or nigh horse is the one
on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or
nigh side" [syn: near(a), nigh(a)]
2: near in space or time
adv 1: near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day
drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until
they come near"; "getting near to the true
explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end
draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close"; "don't
get too close to the fire" [syn: near, close]
2: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite
accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for
`nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for
`almost'; "the job is (just) about done"; "the baby was
almost asleep when the alarm sounded"; "we're almost
finished"; "the car all but ran her down"; "he nearly
fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording
is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the parties signed
the contract"; "I was near exhausted by the run"; "most
everyone agrees" [syn: about, just about, almost, most,
all but, nearly, near, virtually, well-nigh]