- a person who lives near another.
- a person or thing that is near another.
- one's fellow human being: to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
- a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
- (used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger): Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?
- situated or living near another: one of our neighbor nations.
- to live or be situated near to; adjoin; border on.
- to place or bring near.
- to live or be situated nearby.
- to associate with or as if with one's neighbors; be neighborly or friendly (often followed by with).
Origin of neighbor
Examples from the Web for neighbour
The fashionable lady, my neighbour, rose also, with graceful reserve.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
And she was a regular visitor and supporter of her neighbour in the Oxfordshire countryside, David Cameron.Rebekah Brooks Takes The Stand At Phone Hacking Trial
Peter Jukes, Nico Hines
February 20, 2014
Her sister – and neighbour – Lolita Miraflorez, also lost her husband, as did dozens of other women.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men
November 17, 2013
"Then come and dine here," said Dick, unable to refuse a neighbour hospitality.Viviette
William J. Locke
The khan asserted his loyalty and that of his neighbour the Khan of Jar.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
"A fiddle's great value," John's neighbour whispered to him.
"About ten thousand," his neighbour answered, glancing at him quizzically.
After the good-night to my neighbour, I tumbled into my straw and slept soundly, animal-like.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- a person who lives near or next to another
- a person or thing near or next to another
- (as modifier)neighbour states
- (when intr, often foll by on) to be or live close (to a person or thing)
Word Origin and History for neighbour
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.