NIGH, a. [G. A preposition signifying to, on or after, that is, approaching, pressing on, making towards; strait, narrow.]1. Near; not distant or remote in place or time.The loud tumult shows the battle nigh.When the fig-tree putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.2. Closely allied by blood; as a nigh kinsman.3. Easy to be obtained or learnt; of easy access.The word is very nigh unto thee. Deuteronomy 30.4. Ready to support, to forgive, or to aid and defend.The Lord is nigh unto them who are of a broken heart. Psalm 34.5. Close in fellowship; intimate in relation.Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2.6. Near in progress or condition. Hebrews 6.
NIGH, adv. ni. 1. Near; at a small distance in place or time, or in the course of events.He was sick, nigh to death. Philippians 2.2. Near to a place.He drew nigh.3. Almost; near. He was nigh dead.Nigh is never a preposition. In the phrase, nigh this recess, with terror they survey, there is an ellipsis of to. They, nigh to this recess, survey, &c.
NIGH, v.i. ni. To approach; to advance or draw near. [Not used.]