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


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.


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

Origin of next-door

First recorded in 1475–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for next-door

Contemporary Examples of next-door

  • My next-door neighbor, a famous shrink, once asked me what my professional goals were.

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    Author to Bestsellers: Drop Dead

    Valerie Frankel

    September 19, 2011

  • He can often be seen working on one of three show cars, says next-door neighbor George Gayan.

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    Loughner's Parents: Did They Know About His Mental Illness?

    Claire Martin, Masada Siegel

    January 11, 2011

  • Al Qaeda has been regrouping in next-door Yemen, where security is poor and operational activity is much easier for the group.

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    Al Qaeda's New Murder Plot

    Bruce Riedel

    August 28, 2009

  • Pinault, gray-flannelled and black-shoed, was conferring at the next-door table with an adviser, Philippe Segalot.

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    My Biennale Favorites

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    June 8, 2009

  • Smith does soul as it should be done: as a next-door neighbor to the blues, with all the necessary melancholy and honest emotion.

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    The New Heart of Soul


    January 9, 2009

Historical Examples of next-door

  • It's our next-door neighbor here--your son bought the house from him.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • Nantucket and Cape Cod are next-door neighbors, as you might say!

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • For imagine the Thebans, your own sworn foes and next-door neighbours, masters of Hellas!



  • For Garrison had fallen in love with his next-door neighbor, Sue Desha.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • The next-door pussy was sunning herself in the Wrights' yard.

    The Goody-Naughty Book

    Sarah Cory Rippey

Word Origin and History for next-door

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper