Memes dictionary number neighbor [nuhm-ber ney-ber] Published August 6, 2019 What does number neighbor mean? A number neighbor is someone who has the same (cell) phone number as you, except the last digit is one lower or higher. Sharing funny or charming text-message exchanges with one’s number neighbor went viral online in August 2019. Related words the girl next door, We Are Number One, 867-5309, trashtag, #AccidentalMusic, text me, best friend Where does number neighbor come from? Screenshot of @dirtyjauregui / Twitter Say your (cell) phone number is 123-456-6788. Your number neighbor, typically, would have a number ending -6787 or -6789. Number, of course, refers to phone number (usually of a cell phone), and neighbor, the idea that the two numbers are next to each, like neighbors. An earlier version of number neighbor was text door neighbor (a pun on next-door neighbor), entered on Urban Dictionary in 2008. Sharing posts of text-message exchanges on social media got some attention in 2016. The term number neighbor was entered on Urban Dictionary in 2009, but the trend of texting one’s number neighbor and sharing screenshots of the results went viral in early late July, early August 2019. This happened after Twitter user @ryanlavalleee texted his number neighbor and posted the aftermath (the “neighbor” wasn’t too keen on getting to know the tweeter). one time i tried texting my phone number neighbor and he sucked so much pic.twitter.com/M5p1oX84wV — ryan (@ryanlavalleee) July 30, 2019 Still, @ryanlavalleee’s tweet went viral—and started a trend. My number neighbor and I ending racism 🤜🏼🤛🏿 pic.twitter.com/qXVopPN85T — Mikey McDermott (@MikeyMcD50) August 2, 2019 Examples of number neighbor My number neighbor didn’t reply but neither do my friends so can’t say I’m not used to this type of behavior!!! @savtwopointoh, August 2019 Apparently I texted my number neighbor my selfie before...a year ago with no explanation 😂😂😂😂😂 @boobsandpizza, August 2019 Screenshot of @pattykrabbys / Instagram SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses number neighbor? Number neighbor is mainly used in the context of the trend of texting one’s number neighbor and sharing the results online. The activity is generally meant to be fun. Some of the results have been very positive, friendly, and wholesome experiences. My number neighbor is going through it 😞 pic.twitter.com/vXHKLoLjL7 — faze rain (@FaZe_Rain) August 3, 2019 texted my number neighbor and it turned into a wholesome conversation. (: pic.twitter.com/wUwQClCHXe — c (@cgracedelarosa) August 3, 2019 Other times, the number neighbor conversation has been negative, prompting confusion, irritation, and creepy advances. dang some of y’all really can’t have fun 😭 #numberneighbor pic.twitter.com/zVlpm4pjAe — reid (@reidjmarshburn) August 3, 2019 HAHA damn how y’all get cool number neighbors 😔 pic.twitter.com/aP0dAsNAV7 — kai ★ (@youngkaileaa) August 2, 2019 As is common with internet trends, number neighbor inspired many write-ups in popular media—and inspired a lot of humor online, with people making various relationship and friendship jokes, especially about anxiously awaiting validation by getting a text from their number neighbor. haven’t texted my number neighbor yet bc i can’t even reply to my own family and friends 😪 — crygayby (@felirich_) August 5, 2019 Waiting for my text door number neighbor to text me first like: pic.twitter.com/Bl9t6feT7P — Justin koopman (@jpkoopman12) August 5, 2019 Texting all my ex’s “Hey number neighbor” so I can get a response 😈 pic.twitter.com/vDa4oalhtH — 𝐍𝐘 (@JustNy) August 6, 2019 Just Added pushing P, Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, trigger law, bystander effect, CSI effect Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of number neighbor like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of number neighbor that will help our users expand their word mastery.