From Old Norse ná, from Proto-Germanic *nēhwiz. Cognate with Old Saxon nāh, Dutch na, Old High German nāh (German nah and nahe); Swedish nära, Gothic 𐌽𐌴𐍈 (nēƕ); Old English nēah (English nigh).
- near, close, nigh
- insignificant, two-bit, loathsome
Appended to nouns and adjectives. Not to be confused with the identical stem of nár (“corpse”), also used in compounds.
insignificant or loathsome