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Nigh \Nigh\ (n[imac]), a. [Compar. Nigher (n[imac]"[~e]r); superl. Nighest, or Next (n[e^]kst).] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. ne['a]h, n[=e]h; akin to D. na, adv., OS. n[=a]h, a., OHG. n[=a]h, G. nah, a., nach to, after, Icel. n[=a] (in comp.) nigh, Goth. n[=e]hw, n[=e]hwa, adv., nigh. Cf. Near, Neighbor, Next.]

  1. Not distant or remote in place or time; near.

    The loud tumult shows the battle nigh.

  2. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate. ``Nigh kinsmen.''

    Ye . . . are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
    --Eph. ii. 1

  3. Syn: Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.


a. (context archaic English) (en-comparative of: nigh)


adv. (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance; "come closer, my dear!"; "they drew nearer"; "getting nearer to the true explanation" [syn: nearer, closer]