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

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Contemporary Examples of neighborly

Historical Examples of neighborly

  • She included them both in a neighborly glance, and Dilly was very grateful.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • An' when I can't, folks are so neighborly they strike a light for me to see by.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • I can get politics and chat and neighborly conveniences from cheaper companions.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • They can't object to your making a neighborly call, can they?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Our neighbors and friends in Mayberry were as kind and neighborly as ever.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

Word Origin and History for neighborly

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