What is nigh?

  • (adv): Near in time or place or relationship.
    Example: "The end draws nigh"
    Synonyms: near, close
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "nigh":

  • (adv): (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'.
    Example: "Talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the recording is well-nigh perfect"
    Synonyms: about, just about, almost, most, all but, nearly, near, virtually, well-nigh
  • (adj): Near in space or time.
  • (adj): Being on the left side.
    Example: "The near or nigh horse is the one on the left"; "the animal's left side is its near or nigh side"
    Synonyms: near

Famous quotes containing the word nigh:

    When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
    Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
    Until the lengthening wings break into fire
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

    So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
    So near is God to man,
    When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
    The youth replies, I can.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    I prize the purity of his character as highly as I do that of hers. As a moral being, whatever it is morally wrong for her to do, it is morally wrong for him to do. The fallacious doctrine of male and female virtues has well nigh ruined all that is morally great and lovely in his character: he has been quite as deep a sufferer by it as woman, though mostly in different respects and by other processes.
    Angelina Grimké (1805–1879)