Currently, I am trying to come up with a poetic title involving Nigh, Night, Ghost and Quiet. However, I have struggled to figure out correctly where I can place Nigh in a sentence and be grammatically correct.

Quietly Nigh Into the Ghostly Long Night of Solace

  • The "close or approaching" definition of "nigh"? – Bob Stout Oct 16 '15 at 16:51
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    Death drew nigh in the ghostly quiet of the night. – Jim Oct 16 '15 at 21:01

"Nigh" is defined as near, or almost. As in " It's nigh breakfast time", or "Breakfast time is nigh".

"Quietly Nigh Into the Ghostly Long Night of Solace" would be incorrect, as it's function as a reference for time doesn't make sense here, nor it's function as proximity.


Nigh, near, next was the old degree paradigm.
You can see the final velar of the root memorialized in the GH of nigh and the /kst/ of next.


  • Positive degree nigh became obsolete, and is considered archaic.
  • Comparative near reified as positive and regularized its paradigm: near, nearer, nearest.
  • Superlative next metaphorized from closest in (linear) space to closest in (future) time.

The most frequent usage of archaic terms is in fixed forms; nigh is not a productive word.
Nigh unto, for instance, matches an archaic unto with an archaic nigh. That would be OK.
But you shouldn't start the title with both quietly and nigh unto.

I'd recommend Nigh Unto the Ghostly Long Night of Solace, Quietly
if you feel you just have to use those words, for some reason.

  • That's a long title. I think I will remove quietly, simply for the sake of simplicity – Lucian09474 Oct 16 '15 at 21:06

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