Nigh (?), a. [Compar. Nigher (?); superl. Nighest, or Next ().] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. ne'a0h, nh; akin to D. na, adv., OS. n'beh, a., OHG. n'beh, G. nah, a., nach to, after, Icel. n'be (in comp.) nigh, Goth. nhw, nhwa, adv., nigh. Cf. Near, Neighbor, 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."Knolles.Ye ... are made nigh by the blood of Christ.Eph. ii. 13.Syn. -- Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.
Nigh, adv. [AS. ne'a0h, nh. See Nigh, a.]
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.]Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2).
Nigh, prep. Near to; not remote or distant from. "was not this nigh shore?"Shak.
The adjective Nigh has 2 senses
1. near(a),nigh(a) -- 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"
2. near,close 5 nigh -- not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears";
The adverb Nigh has 2 senses
1. near 1 nigh,close -- 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"; "d
2. 2 r 0a about 5 just_about 2 almost,most 2 all_but,nearly,near 3 nigh 1 virtually 2 well-nigh -- (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; "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