Antonyms for near-at-hand

Grammar : Adj, adv
Spell : neer
Phonetic Transcription : nɪər

Definition of near-at-hand

Origin :
  • Old English near "closer, nearer," comparative of neah, neh"nigh." Influenced by Old Norse naer "near," it came to be used as a positive form mid-13c., and new comparative nearer developed 1500s (see nigh). As an adjective from c.1300. Originally an adverb but now supplanted in most such senses by nearly; it has in turn supplanted correct nigh as an adjective. Related: Nearness. In near and dear (1620s) it refers to nearness of kinship. Near East first attested 1891, in Kipling. Near beer "low-alcoholic brew" is from 1908.
  • As in near : adj close by physically
  • As in near : adj close in time; forthcoming
  • As in close : adj near, nearby
  • As in contiguous : adj adjacent, in contact
  • As in handy : adj nearby
  • As in immediate : adj near, next
  • As in nearby : adv within reach
Example sentences :
  • I had ransacked the far-off, and had neglected the near-at-hand, as we are so apt to do.
  • Extract from : « The Galaxy » by Various
  • In support of this proposition volumes might be written; but only a brief array of near-at-hand evidence will be here presented.
  • Extract from : « Fishing and Shooting Sketches » by Grover Cleveland
  • The near-at-hand field and pasture that sloped toward it were gemmed with dew.
  • Extract from : « The Wall Between » by Sara Ware Bassett

Synonyms for near-at-hand

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