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next-door

[adverb neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-; adjective neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-]
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adverb
  1. 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.
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adjective
  1. being situated or living next-door: next-door neighbors.
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Origin of next-door

First recorded in 1475–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for next-door

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  • It's our next-door neighbor here--your son bought the house from him.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • Nantucket and Cape Cod are next-door neighbors, as you might say!

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • For imagine the Thebans, your own sworn foes and next-door neighbours, masters of Hellas!

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • For Garrison had fallen in love with his next-door neighbor, Sue Desha.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • The next-door pussy was sunning herself in the Wrights' yard.

    The Goody-Naughty Book

    Sarah Cory Rippey


Word Origin and History for next-door

adv.

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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