next-door

[adverb neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-; adjective neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-]

adverb

Also next door. to, at, or in the next house on the street, especially if it is very close by, or the adjacent apartment, office, room, or the like: Go next-door and get your sister. Your sister is next-door. Her brother lives next-door.

adjective

being situated or living next-door: next-door neighbors.

Origin of next-door

First recorded in 1475–85
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British Dictionary definitions for next door

next door

adjective, adverb (next-door when prenominal)

at, in, or to the adjacent house, flat, building, etcwe live next door to the dentist; the next-door house
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Word Origin and History for next door

next-door

adv.

also nextdoor, 1570s, from noun phrase next door "nearest house" (late 15c.), from next + door. Noun meaning "the people living next door" is from 1855.

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