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[neer-bahy] /ˈnɪərˈbaɪ/
close at hand; not far off; adjacent; neighboring:
a nearby village.
in the neighborhood or vicinity; close by:
She works nearby.
Origin of nearby
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at near, by1 Unabridged
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  • Martha went out to the wagon to get a hatchet and set out for the nearby spinny of pines to trim off some twigs.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • And for a time, it would be busy at the work of wiping out the nearby aliens.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Bud suddenly caught sight of a stout youth in a plaid shirt and blue jeans, who was standing in a nearby corner.

  • The sound of a steady tic-tac she recognized as coming from a nearby clock.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • They left him in charge of three of the braves while the others started for some more of our men who were nearby.

    Scouting with Daniel Boone Everett T. Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for nearby


adjective (ˈnɪəˌbaɪ)
not far away; close at hand
adverb (ˌnɪəˈbaɪ)
close by
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nearby

"close at hand," late 14c. (one-word form from 15c.), from near + by.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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