girl next door

[ gurl-nekst dawr ]

noun
  1. a girl or woman who exemplifies traditional or old-fashioned norms of behavior, gender, and beauty, and is generally considered to be pleasant, unassuming, familiar, and uncontroversial (often used attributively): People still think of me as that goody-goody girl next door.The actresses, with their girl next door image, make audiences swoon with their big smiles and friendly eyes.

Origin of girl next door

1
First recorded in 1920–25

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How to use girl next door in a sentence

  • There was a little girl next door who had a big doll and a cradle and a set of dishes, and we had tea together.

    A Little Girl in Old New York | Amanda Millie Douglas
  • “And incidentally rub off a little of our greenness,” said Molly, recalling the words of the girl next door.

  • Now, Bessie was the little girl next door, Mollie's own well-beloved playmate.

    A Big Temptation | L. T. Meade
  • The girl next door probably did because he had stayed there a few days when he came in.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • In the meantime the girl next door had drawn in her feet and jumped down from the window.

    Two Little Women | Carolyn Wells