Pronunciation: (nī),[key] —adv., adj.,nigh•er, nigh•est, —prep., v.
—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. Archaic.parsimonious; stingy.