having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor; friendly.

Origin of neighborly

First recorded in 1515–25; neighbor + -ly
Related formsneigh·bor·li·ness, nounun·neigh·bor·li·ness, nounun·neigh·bor·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neighborliness

Contemporary Examples of neighborliness

  • The greatest thing about knocking on strangers' doors is the reaffirmation of neighborliness.

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    Neighbor First, Politics Second

    Justin Green

    August 28, 2012

  • "Class and wealth, rather than religion or ethnicity, were the determinants of neighborliness," King writes.

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    Great Weekend Reads

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    March 5, 2011

Historical Examples of neighborliness

Word Origin and History for neighborliness



1550s, from neighbor (n.) + -ly (1). Earlier as an adverb (1520s), while an earlier adjective form was neighborlike (late 15c.). Related: Neighborliness, which ousted earlier neighborship (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper