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Nich, v. Also: nych(e, nygh, nicht, ny(c)ht, nyicht, nyth. P.t. and p.p. nichit etc., nicht, nychd. [Sc. var., with vowel shortening, of Nech(e v.: cf. ME. (14th c.) niȝe, nigh, nyghe etc.] intr. and tr. To come near, approach; also, to be near. intr. (1) Dame Nature the nobillest nychit in ane; Howlat 887 (B).
(2) Gif he persawe thi wil That thuu with lust nicht me til, He sal thé sla; Leg. S. xliii. 50.
(3) The thing that ȝe ma neuir nicht nere; Leg. S. xxvii. 1139.
Nycht; Ib. xxix. 90.
Nych; Alex. ii. 4493.
Nyche; Wynt. i. 1160 (A).
Nyche [W. Nyth]; Ib. viii. 6941 (C).
Micht nane … nygh thame to neir; Gol. & Gaw. 240.
Nygh; Howlat 908 (B).
And I may nych hir neir than gon wer neuer my glew; Bann MS. 227 b/20.
p.t. and p.p. Thai … fand the barne hale & fere As watir neuir had nychd it nere; Leg. S. xxvii. 264.
Syne come a lyone fel & fere & to sla Tecle nichit nere; Ib. xlix. 218.
Nycht; Howlat 47 (B).
Thair with the nobill in neid nyghit hym ner; Gol. & Gaw. 1017.
tr. Thar[for] fand nocht to nyicht me For farly thinge I se on thé; Leg. S. iii. 135.
The fyre that was sa gret That nane mycht nicht it for het; Ib. xxvii. 180.
The streme aw to be fre in swa mykyl that a swyne … may turne hym wyth in it, that is to say that nowthir the gorge nych the tayle na the sayme of the swyne; Bute MS. 162.
p.t. They war so nyce quhen men tham nicht [: dicht, richt, licht] Thay squeild lyk ony gaitis; Christis Kirk 16 (M).

b. To cause to approach, to bring together. — Thay nyht nocht thayr bodeis wyll thay be marit; 1563 Crail Kirk S. 24 Oct.

c. Appar., to touch. — Sa that thai stryfe wald quha mycht fyrst Of his kirtil mycht nycht the liste; Leg. S. vii. 48.

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