1. Not distant or remote in place or time; near. The loud tumult shows the battle nigh. (prior)
2. Not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate. Nigh kinsmen. Ye . Are made nigh by the blood of christ. (Eph. Ii. 13)
Synonym: near, close, adjacent, contiguous, present, neighboring.
Origin: OE. Nigh, neigh, neih, AS. Neah, nh; akin to D. Na, adv, OS. Nah, a, OHG. Nah, G. Nah, a, nach to, after, Icel. Na (in comp) nigh, Goth. Nhw, nhwa, adv, nigh. Cf. Near, Neighbor, Next.