[ ney-ber-lee ]
/ ˈneɪ bər li /


having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor; friendly.

Nearby words

  1. neigh,
  2. neighbor,
  3. neighborhood,
  4. neighborhood watch,
  5. neighboring,
  6. neighbour,
  7. neighbourhood,
  8. neighbourhood warden,
  9. neighbourhood watch,
  10. neighbourly

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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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.).

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