[ nekst ]
/ nɛkst /


immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.
nearest or adjacent in place or position: the next room.
nearest in relationship or kinship.


in the place, time, importance, etc., nearest or immediately following: We're going to London next. This is my next oldest daughter.
on the first occasion to follow: when next we meet.


adjacent to; nearest: It's in the closet next the blackboard.


Origin of next

before 900; Middle English next(e), Old English nēxt, nēhst, niehst, superlative of nēah nigh (see -est1); cognate with Icelandic nǣstr, German nächst; cf. near Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for next to


/ (nɛkst) /



at a time or on an occasion immediately to followthe patient to be examined next; next, he started to unscrew the telephone receiver
next to
  1. adjacent to; at or on one side ofthe house next to ours
  2. following in degreenext to your mother, who do you love most?
  3. almostnext to impossible


archaic next to

Word Origin for next

Old English nēhst, superlative of nēah nigh; compare near, neighbour
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Idioms and Phrases with next to (1 of 2)

next to


Adjacent to, as in The car next to mine has a flat tire, [Late 1300s]


Following in order or degree, as in Next to skiing, she likes hiking. [Early 1500s]


Almost, practically, as in It's next to impossible to predict the outcome, or I earned next to nothing last year. [Second half of 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with next to (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with next

  • next door to
  • next to

also see:

  • cleanliness is next to godliness
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