nigh

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English nēah, nēh, from Proto-Germanic *nēhw.

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nigh (comparative nigher or more nigh, superlative nighest or most nigh)

  1. (archaic, poetic) near, close by
    The end is nigh!
  2. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
    • Knolles
      nigh kinsmen
    • Bible, Eph. ii. 13
      Ye [] are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

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  • Nigh is an older form of near. Near was originally the comparative form of nigh; the superlative form was next. Nigh is used today mostly in archaic, poetic, or regional contexts.

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nigh (third-person singular simple present nighs, present participle nighing, simple past and past participle nighed)

  1. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.
    night is nighing, death is nighing
    nighing his hour
    a death-nighing moan

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nigh (not comparable)

  1. Almost, nearly.
    Achieving the summit in a single day is, well, nigh impossible.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. [] It looked like a tomb and smelt pretty nigh as musty and dead-and-gone.

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  • Nigh is sometimes used as a combining form.

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nigh

  1. near; close to
    When the Moon is horned ... is it not ever nigh the Sun?

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish nigid.

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nigh (present analytic níonn, future analytic nífidh, verbal noun , past participle nite)

  1. to wash

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish nigid ‘he washes’, from Proto-Indo-European *neigʷ- ‘to wash’ (compare English nixie ‘water sprite’, Ancient Greek νίζω (nízein)).

Verb[edit]

nigh

  1. to wash, bathe

Participles[edit]

Tense \ Voice Active Passive
Present a' nighe --
Past nigh nigheadh
Future nighidh nighear
Conditional nigheadh nighteadh