[ ney-ber ]
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  1. a person who lives near another: My next door neighbor has an orange cat.

  2. a person or thing that is near another.

  1. one's fellow human being: You must be generous toward your less fortunate neighbors.

  2. a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward others: She's always a neighbor to people in distress.

  3. (used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger): Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?

  1. situated or living near another: One of our neighbor nations is in need of aid.

verb (used with object)
  1. to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on: Germany neighbors Denmark.

  2. to place or bring near.

verb (used without object)
  1. to live or be situated nearby.

  2. to associate with or as if with one's neighbors; be neighborly or friendly (often followed by with).

Origin of neighbor

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English neahgebūr, nēahbūr (nēahnigh + (ge)būr “farmer”; see Boer, boor); akin to Dutch nabuur, German Nachbar, Old Norse nābūi
  • Also especially British, neigh·bour .

Other words from neighbor

  • neigh·bor·less, adjective

Words Nearby neighbor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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