[ neer-bahy ]
/ ˈnɪərˈbaɪ /


close at hand; not far off; adjacent; neighboring: a nearby village.


in the neighborhood or vicinity; close by: She works nearby.

Origin of nearby

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at near, by1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nearby


adjective (ˈnɪəˌbaɪ)

not far away; close at hand

adverb (ˌnɪəˈbaɪ)

close by
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Word Origin and History for nearby


"close at hand," late 14c. (one-word form from 15c.), from near + by.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper