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[adv. neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-; adj. neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-] /adv. ˈnɛksˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈnɛkst-; adj. ˈnɛksˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr, ˈnɛkst-/
Also, next door. to, at, or in the next house on the street, especially if it is very close by, or the adjacent apartment, office, room, or the like:
Go next-door and get your sister. Your sister is next-door. Her brother lives next-door.
being situated or living next-door:
next-door neighbors.
Origin of next-door
1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To-night there is a public mscara (mask ball) at the great hall, next door to Le Grand's.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • I've got to go to the trunk-room for her at this hour, and it next door to the mortuary!

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • next door to where I board there's a dog that goes on shift as regular as a policeman.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • next door to her is a child we have prayed for for three years.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • The one Mummy says you're next door to—you must see him sometimes!

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for next door

next door

adjective, adverb (next-door when prenominal)
at, in, or to the adjacent house, flat, building, etc: we live next door to the dentist, the next-door house
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Word Origin and History for next door



also nextdoor, 1570s, from noun phrase next door "nearest house" (late 15c.), from next + door. Noun meaning "the people living next door" is from 1855.

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