well-nigh [wel-nahy] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for well-nigh on Thesaurus.com adverb

  1. very nearly; almost: It’s well-nigh bedtime.

Origin of well-nigh before 1150; Middle English; Old English Synonym study See almost. Related Words for well-nigh essentially, morally, approximately, virtually, nearly, basically, very, almost, exceedingly, much, too, remarkably, roughly, practically, around, most, about, relatively, well-nigh, nigh Examples from the Web for well-nigh Historical Examples of well-nigh

  • Save for the dead, this natural clearing was well-nigh deserted.

    In the Valley

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  • The day was well-nigh gone when they came near to the greenwood tree.

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Howard Pyle

  • As a matter of fact she had been well-nigh bored to death there.

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  • His horse had floundered in a snow-drift, and he himself was well-nigh frozen.

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  • Here the infamous Tschauna harassed me and well-nigh put me to shame.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for well-nigh well-nigh adverb

    1. nearly; almostit’s well-nigh three o’clock

    Word Origin and History for well-nigh adv.

    Old English wel neah, from well (adv.) + nigh.

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