What does the word nigh mean?

    Part of speech: preposition, adverb

  • Near.

Usage examples for nigh

  1. I come up hyeah a- lookin' fu' a son o' mine dat been away f'om home nigh on to five years. – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. You knew my boy Bart, didn't ye, the one that's been dead nigh on to twenty years?" – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  3. I was nigh being worritted to death by 'em. – The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby
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