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[ney-ber] /ˈneɪ bər/
a person who lives near another.
a person or thing that is near another.
one's fellow human being:
to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans:
to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
(used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger):
Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?
situated or living near another:
one of our neighbor nations.
verb (used with object)
to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on.
to place or bring near.
verb (used without object)
to live or be situated nearby.
to associate with or as if with one's neighbors; be neighborly or friendly (often followed by with).
Origin of neighbor
before 900; Middle English; Old English neahgebūr, nēahbūr (nēah nigh + (ge)būr farmer; see Boer, boor); akin to Dutch nabuur, German Nachbar, Old Norse nābūi
Related forms
neighborless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for neighbor
  • On a computer, they've positioned the turbines close enough together that as one spins, it then directs the wind to its neighbor.
  • And one orchid species uses different fungi than a close orchid neighbor, to prevent competing for the same nutrients.
  • It's close in that it's our next-door neighbor and shares a long border with our country.
  • But my front door was silent and I could think of no reason, logical or otherwise, to refuse my neighbor's invitation.
  • Our next-door neighbors moved away last week.
  • Kalamazoo is the kind of town, where neighbors know each other.
  • My neighbor breathes really loudly and it drives me nuts.
  • Some animals stay safe by copying the look of a poisonous neighbor.
  • Marathon has the small town atmosphere of neighbor helping neighbor.
  • Some of the neighbors in the book are based on neighbors we had.
British Dictionary definitions for neighbor


a person who lives near or next to another
  1. a person or thing near or next to another
  2. (as modifier): neighbour states
when intr, often foll by on. to be or live close (to a person or thing)
Derived Forms
neighbouring, (US) neighboring, adjective
neighbourless, (US) neighborless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English nēahbūr, from nēahnigh + būr, gebūr dweller; see boor
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Word Origin and History for neighbor

Old English neahgebur (West Saxon), nehebur (Anglian) "neighbor," from neah "near" (see nigh) + gebur "dweller," related to bur "dwelling" (see bower). Common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon nabur, Middle Dutch naghebuur, Dutch (na)bur, Old High German nahgibur, Middle High German nachgebur, German Nachbar). Good neighbor policy attested by 1937, but good neighbor with reference to U.S. policy toward Latin America was used by 1928 by Herbert Hoover.


1580s, from neighbor (n.). Related: Neighbored; neighboring.

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