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[ney-ber-lee] /ˈneɪ bər li/
having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor; friendly.
Origin of neighborly
1515-25; neighbor + -ly
Related forms
neighborliness, noun
unneighborliness, noun
unneighborly, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Strang with his amused laugh fended off all protest and neighborly advice.

  • An' when I can't, folks are so neighborly they strike a light for me to see by.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Why not get neighborly with those good folks and help along that good work of faith and righteousness.

  • I can get politics and chat and neighborly conveniences from cheaper companions.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I've got neighbors that's all been tryin' to be neighborly to me in their way; why shouldn't I be neighborly in my way?

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • There was a neighborly feeling about it all that warmed my heart.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • "I can't see any reason why I should be neighborly," he replied.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • I am very glad of his company; it was most neighborly of him to call.

    Scally Ian Hay
Word Origin and History for neighborly

1550s, from neighbor (n.) + -ly (1). Earlier as an adverb (1520s), while an earlier adjective form was neighborlike (late 15c.). Related: Neighborliness, which ousted earlier neighborship (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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