well-nigh for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD also well nigh
adverb [ADV adj]
Well-nigh means almost, but not completely or exactly. ⇒ Finding a rug that's just the colour, size and price you want can be well-nigh impossible. ⇒ ...a hierarchical structure that was well-nigh unassailable.
It was not simply that David Lorimer could not put up with criticism, it was well-nigh impossible for him even to recognize it as such.Meek, M R D A WORM OF DOUBTThe emotionalrisk she faced with him had just intensified and increased, well-nigh beyond bearing.Stephanie Laurens THE PERFECT LOVER