nigh

Nigh is an old-fashioned word that can be used as an adjective or adverb to mean near or nearly. Something that is nigh impossible — like knitting a sweater in one night — will be very difficult to accomplish.

As an adjective, nigh is an older form of the word "near," both of which are rooted in the Old English word neah. People like to use the word nigh when they talk about the apocalypse: "Repent! The end is nigh." It's most common to use nigh today when you're trying to sound poetic or referencing the archaic or biblical uses of the word.

Primary Meanings of nigh

1.
advadj
near in time or place or relationship
not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
2.
adj
being on the left side
Full Definitions of nigh
1

adv near in time or place or relationship

“The end draws nigh
Synonyms:
close, near

adv (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

“talked for nigh onto 2 hours”
“the recording is well- nigh perfect”
Synonyms:
about, almost, most, near, nearly, virtually, well-nigh

adj not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

Synonyms:
close, near
adjacent
near or close to but not necessarily touching
nearby
close at hand
warm
of a seeker; near to the object sought
hot
of a seeker; very near to the object sought
Antonyms:
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree
cold
of a seeker; far from the object sought
distant, remote
located far away spatially
distant, remote, removed
separate or apart in time
far-off, faraway
very far away in space or time
farther
more distant in especially space or time
farthermost, farthest, furthermost, furthest, utmost, uttermost
(comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or order
farther, further
more distant in especially degree
off the beaten track, out-of-the-way
remote from populous or much-traveled regions
outlying
relatively far from a center or middle
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2

adj being on the left side

Synonyms:
near
left
being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north

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