bijna etymology

Dutch word bijna comes from Dutch na, Dutch bij

Detailed word origin of bijna

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
na Dutch (nld) (op ... na, with a cardinal number) bar, except Used to form ordinal numbers in relation to a superlative quality. The number that is used is 1 lower than in the English translation.. After Close.
bij Dutch (nld) Alongside, with. In order to adjust or improve Bee At, with. By, close to. To, towards.
bijna Dutch (nld) Almost. Soon.