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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ˈwell-ˈnigh,  adv. 
  1. very nearly;
    almost:having been there well-nigh twenty years.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
well-nigh  (welnī′), 
  1. very nearly;
    almost:It's well-nigh bedtime.
Etymology:bef. 1150;
Middle English;
Old English
See almost. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

well-nigh adv
  1. nearly; almost: it's well-nigh three o'clock

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