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[ney-ber-lee] /ˈneɪ bər li/
having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor; friendly.
Origin of neighborly
First recorded in 1515-25; neighbor + -ly
Related forms
neighborliness, noun
unneighborliness, noun
unneighborly, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She included them both in a neighborly glance, and Dilly was very grateful.

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

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • I can get politics and chat and neighborly conveniences from cheaper companions.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • They can't object to your making a neighborly call, can they?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Our neighbors and friends in Mayberry were as kind and neighborly as ever.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We will go down with you, and I hope you will be neighborly while we are in the country.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • “Bless me, you are neighborly,” exclaimed a voice in smooth, even tones.

  • There was a great buzz of talk and laughter and neighborly greeting.

    Historic Boyhoods

    Rupert Sargent Holland
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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