Pronunciation: (nī), [key]
—adv., adj., nigh•er, nigh•est,
1. near in space, time, or relation: The time draws nigh.
2. nearly; almost; (often fol. by on or onto): nigh onto twenty years.
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.