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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).
Also, especially British, neighbour.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for neighbors
  • What the neighbors thought is apparently not recorded.
  • But my thrifty neighbors would never approve such a frivolous thing.
  • Axel runs his machine at a lower, quieter speed out of deference to his neighbors, many of whom are less than thrilled to live.
  • The invitations were by word of mouth to neighbors and personal notes to the groom's relatives at a distance.
  • Rejecting negative characterizations often led to rejecting family members and neighbors who had been similarly labeled.
  • Your neighbors will thank you as will the environment.
  • The two companies, virtually next-door neighbors, already know each other well.
  • In the science of the cortex, perhaps the toughest problem is to determine how neurons interact with their near neighbors.
  • In fact it is aggressively seizing land from their neighbors left and right.
  • They have a lot of vanity and actually think they can do it at no cost to the planet or their neighbors on it.
Word Origin and History for neighbors



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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