1. To trifle or play.
Take heed, daughter,Massinger.
You niggle not with your conscience and religion.
2. To act or walk mincingly. [Prov. Eng.]
3. To fret and snarl about trifles. [Prov. Eng.]
(Nig"gler) n. One who niggles.
(Nigh) a. [Compar. Nigher ; superl. Nighest, or Next ] [OE. nigh, neigh, neih, AS. neáh, 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.]
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." Knolles.
Ye . . . are made nigh by the blood of Christ.Eph. ii. 13.
Syn. Near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.
(Nigh), adv. [AS. neáh, nh. See Nigh, a.]
1. In a situation near in place or time, or in the course of events; near.
He was sick, nigh unto death.Phil. ii. 27.
He drew not nigh unheard; the angel bright,Milton.
Ere he drew nigh, his radiant visage turned.
2. Almost; nearly; as, he was nigh dead.
(Nigh), v. t. & i. To draw nigh (to); to approach; to come near. [Obs.] Wyclif (Matt. iii. 2).
(Nigh), prep. Near to; not remote or distant from. "was not this nigh shore?" Shak.
(Nigh"ly), adv. In a near relation in place, time, degree, etc.; within a little; almost. [Obs.]
A cube and a sphere . . . nighly of the same bigness.Locke.
(Nigh"ness), n. The quality or state of being nigh. [R.] "Nighness of blood." Holished.
(Night) n. [OE. night, niht, AS. neaht, niht; akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht,
Icel. ntt, Sw. natt, Dan. nat, Goth. nachts, Lith. naktis, Russ. noche, W. nos, Ir. nochd, L. nox,
noctis, Gr. Skr. nakta, nakti. &radic 265. Cf. Equinox, Nocturnal.]
1. That part of the natural day when the sun is beneath the horizon, or the time from sunset to sunrise; esp.,
the time between dusk and dawn, when there is no light of the sun, but only moonlight, starlight, or artificial
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.Gen. i. 5.
2. Hence: (a) Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night.Pope.