What is well-nigh?

  • (adv): (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; 'near' is sometimes used informally for 'nearly' and 'most' is sometimes used informally for 'almost'.
    Example: "The recording is well-nigh perfect"
    Synonyms: about, just about, almost, most, all but, nearly, near, nigh, virtually

Famous quotes containing the word well-nigh:

    And lending it one mental fillip the more, the fact that all these people were inwardly attacked by well-nigh resistless decay, and that most of them were feverish.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

    The twentieth year is well-nigh past;
    Since first our sky was overcast,
    Ah would that this might be the last!
    My Mary!
    Thy spirits have a fainter flow,
    I see thee daily weaker grow—
    ‘Twas my distress that brought thee low,
    My Mary!
    Thy needles, once a shining store,
    For my sake restless heretofore,
    Now rust disus’d, and shine no more,
    My Mary!
    William Cowper (1731–1800)

    ‘Twas a balmy summer evening, and a goodly crowd was there.
    Which well-nigh filled Joe’s barroom on the corner of the square,
    Hugh Antoine D’Arcy (1843–1925)