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[wel-nahy] /ˈwɛlˌnaɪ/
very nearly; almost:
It's well-nigh bedtime.
Origin of well-nigh
before 1150; Middle English; Old English
See almost. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-nigh
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  • When they at last reached the road they were well-nigh exhausted.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • Recent as was its life, its deeds to-day are well-nigh forgotten.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • They are well-nigh hopelessly ignorant of the significance, or even the existence, of the great basic truths of evolutionary life.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • As for the (p. 260) common people, their hardships were well-nigh incredible.

  • Without it might would be right, and anything like justice would be well-nigh impossible.

  • He came, as I have said, and was well-nigh upon you, when the form of Endora stood in the path.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • We were very merry that evening, as it appeared to us that our difficulties were well-nigh over.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • In the altered conditions of their travel, conversation was well-nigh impossible.

    Werwolves Elliott O'Donnell
  • And this same careless confidence of his, for a reason which will presently appear, had well-nigh wrecked his plans.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • You have saved my life when I had well-nigh given up all hope.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for well-nigh


nearly; almost: it's well-nigh three o'clock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-nigh

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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