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  1. a person who lives near another.
  2. a person or thing that is near another.
  3. one's fellow human being: to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
  4. a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
  5. (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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on.
  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).
Also especially British, neigh·bour.

Origin of neighbor

before 900; Middle English; Old English neahgebūr, nēahbūr (nēah nigh + (ge)būr farmer; see Boer, boor); akin to Dutch nabuur, German Nachbar, Old Norse nābūi
Related formsneigh·bor·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neighbor

Contemporary Examples of neighbor

Historical Examples of neighbor

  • He did not like his neighbor, Mr. Fish, any too well but there was no way out.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Young Sparrow must either starve or ask his neighbor to help him with a loan.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Casting from us our own faults first, let us cast from us and from him our neighbor's also.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He did not love his neighbor enough to grasp the facts of the case.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Here was her old friend and neighbor asking to take her out for a daylight ride.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

Word Origin and History for neighbor

Old English neahgebur (West Saxon), nehebur (Anglian) "neighbor," from neah "near" (see nigh) + gebur "dweller," related to bur "dwelling" (see bower). Common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon nabur, Middle Dutch naghebuur, Dutch (na)bur, Old High German nahgibur, Middle High German nachgebur, German Nachbar). Good neighbor policy attested by 1937, but good neighbor with reference to U.S. policy toward Latin America was used by 1928 by Herbert Hoover.


1580s, from neighbor (n.). Related: Neighbored; neighboring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper