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Nigh vs Nye - What's the difference?

nigh | nye |

As an adjective nigh

is near, close by.

As a verb nigh

is to draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.

As an adverb nigh

is almost, nearly.

As a preposition nigh

is near; close to.

As a noun nye is

a brood or flock of pheasants.




  • (archaic, poetic) near, close by
  • The end is nigh !
  • * , 2006, Echo Library, page 185,
  • He at his head took aim who stood most nigh ;
  • * 1831 , , The History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland , page 421,
  • By these and many histories more, it is most evident, that the more nigh salvation and deliverance approach, the more vehement is temptation and trouble.
  • * 1834 , , A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett , page 197,
  • The enemy, somewhat imboldened, draws nigher to the fort.
  • * 1889 , , Debates: Official Report , Volume 2, page 1408,
  • You then went to St. Andrews, the nighest ocean port.
  • Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate.
  • * Knolles
  • nigh kinsmen
  • * Bible, Eph. ii. 13
  • Ye are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

    Usage notes

    * is used today mostly in archaic, poetic, or regional contexts.


    * (near) close, close by, close to, near


    (en verb)
  • To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near.
  • night is nighing'', ''death is nighing
    nighing his hour
    a death-nighing moan


  • Almost, nearly.
  • *, chapter=12
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor.

    Usage notes

    * Nigh is sometimes used as a combining form.

    Derived terms

    * well-nigh * nigh on * nigh-well


    (English prepositions)
  • near; close to
  • When the Moon is horned ... is it not ever nigh the Sun?




    (en noun)
  • A brood or flock of pheasants.
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