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2 definitions found
 for well-nigh
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Well-nigh \Well"-nigh`\, adv.
     Almost; nearly. --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  well-nigh
      adv 1: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite
             accomplished; all but; "the job is (just) about done";
             "the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded";
             "we're almost finished"; "the car all but ran her down";
             "he nearly fainted"; "talked for nigh onto 2 hours"; "the
             recording is well-nigh perfect"; "virtually all the
             parties signed the contract"; "I was near exhausted by
             the run"; "most everyone agrees" [syn: about, almost,
             most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-
             nigh]

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