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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 neighbour
  • Then another minute or two to talk about it with their neighbour.
  • If that doesnt help ask a neighbour if he wants one.
  • It's the highest-resolution, near-global topographic image of our lunar neighbour yet.
  • Its not by confining one's neighbour that one is convinced of one's sanity.
  • My uncle had a neighbour who always parked in his stall.
  • Phil's neighbour also has a garage cut out of the rock.
  • But both still set much more store by their bilateral relationship with their superpower neighbour.
  • Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
  • It has also scuttled chunks of the intelligence edifice that cast a long, dark shadow over its smaller neighbour.
  • Lithuanians are incensed and feel bullied by their bigger neighbour.
British Dictionary definitions for neighbour


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 neighbour

chiefly British English spelling of neighbor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



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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