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neighbor

[ney-ber] /ˈneɪ bər/
noun
1.
a person who lives near another.
2.
a person or thing that is near another.
3.
one's fellow human being:
to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
4.
a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans:
to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
5.
(used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger):
Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?
adjective
6.
situated or living near another:
one of our neighbor nations.
verb (used with object)
7.
to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on.
8.
to place or bring near.
verb (used without object)
9.
to live or be situated nearby.
10.
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
900
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
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  • "Then come and dine here," said Dick, unable to refuse a neighbour hospitality.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The khan asserted his loyalty and that of his neighbour the Khan of Jar.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • "A fiddle's great value," John's neighbour whispered to him.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "About ten thousand," his neighbour answered, glancing at him quizzically.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • After the good-night to my neighbour, I tumbled into my straw and slept soundly, animal-like.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • "They haven't the strength to protect a fly," John whispered to his neighbour.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I told him that I was staying with the Indian Runi, his neighbour.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
British Dictionary definitions for neighbour

neighbour

/ˈneɪbə/
noun
1.
a person who lives near or next to another
2.
  1. a person or thing near or next to another
  2. (as modifier): neighbour states
verb
3.
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.

neighbor

n.

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.

neighbor

v.

1580s, from neighbor (n.). Related: Neighbored; neighboring.

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