girl next door

[ gurl-nekst dawr ]

  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

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby girl next door Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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