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Meaning of nigh

nigh

Pronunciation: (nī), [key]
— adv., adj., prep., v. nigh•er, nigh•est,
—adv.
  1. near in space, time, or relation: The time draws nigh.
  2. nearly; almost; (often fol. by on or onto): nigh onto twenty years.
—adj.
  1. near; approaching: Evening is nigh.
  2. short or direct: to take the nighest route.
  3. (of an animal or vehicle) being on the left side: to be astride the nigh horse.
  4. parsimonious; stingy.
—prep.
  1. near.
—v.i., v.t.
  1. to approach.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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