next-door

[adverb neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-; adjective neks-dawr, -dohr, nekst-]
adverb
  1. 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
  1. being situated or living next-door: next-door neighbors.

Origin of next-door

First recorded in 1475–85
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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

    Touré

    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!

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper