What does neighbour mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neighbor, neighbournoun

    a person who lives (or is located) near another

  2. neighbor, neighbourverb

    a nearby object of the same kind

    "Fort Worth is a neighbor of Dallas"; "what is the closest neighbor to the Earth?"

  3. neighbor, neighbourverb

    live or be located as a neighbor

    "the neighboring house"

  4. neighbor, neighbourverb

    be located near or adjacent to

    "Pakistan neighbors India"


  1. neighbournoun

    A person living on adjacent or nearby land; a person situated adjacently or nearby; anything (of the same type of thing as the subject) in an adjacent or nearby position.

  2. neighbourverb

    To be adjacent to (more often used as neighbouring)

    Though France neighbours Germany, its culture is significantly different

  3. neighbourverb

    To approach; to verge on.

    That sort of talk is neighbouring on treason.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NEIGHBOURnoun

    Etymology: nehgebur , Saxon.

    He sent such an addition of foot, as he could draw out of Oxford and the neighbour garrisons. Edward Hyde.

    Masters, my good friends, mine honest neighbours,
    Will you undo yourselves? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This man shall set me packing;
    I’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room. William Shakespeare.

    The deep revolving witty Buckingham'
    No more shall be the neighbour to my counsels. William Shakespeare.

    The Gospel allows no such term as a stranger; makes every man my neighbour. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

  2. To Neighbourverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
    And wholsome berries thrive and ripen best,
    Neighbour’d by fruit of baser quality. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Give me thy hand,
    Be pilot to me, and thy places shall
    Still neighbour mine. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    These grow on the leisurely ascending hills that neighbour the shore. George Sandys, Journey.

    Things nigh equivalent and neighbouring value,
    By lot are parted. Anon.

    That being of so young days brought up with him,
    And since so neighbour’d to his youth and ’haviour. Sha.


  1. neighbour

    A neighbour is an individual or a group that lives, operates, or exists in close proximity to another individual, group, or physical entity. This term is often used to refer to people who live in the residences next to or very close to one’s own in a residential environment. In a broader sense, it can also refer to adjacent entities such as countries sharing a border, or adjacent cells in a biological context. The sense of being neighbours often implies a certain level of interaction, relationship, or shared responsibilities, although the specifics can vary widely depending on the context.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neighbour

    nä′bur, n. a person who dwells, sits, or stands near another: one who is on friendly terms with another.—adj. (B.) neighbouring.—v.i. to live near each other.—v.t. to be near to.—n. Neigh′bourhood, state of being neighbours, kindly feeling: adjoining district or the people living in it: a district generally, esp. with reference to its inhabitants.—adj. Neigh′bouring, being near: adjoining.—n. Neigh′bourliness.—adjs. Neigh′bourly, like or becoming a neighbour: friendly: social—also adv.; Neigh′bour-stained (Shak.), stained with neighbours' blood. [A.S. neáhbúr, neáhgebúr—A.S. neáh, near, gebúr or búr, a farmer.]

Editors Contribution

  1. neighbour

    A person who lives in the locality.

    The neighbour that moved in was delighted when we brought over some lovely seeded bread.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Neighbour is ranked #119508 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Neighbour surname appeared 145 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Neighbour.

    98.6% or 143 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neighbour' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4420

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neighbour' in Nouns Frequency: #933

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neighbour in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neighbour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of neighbour in a Sentence

  1. Yuri Trutnev:

    I should say this honestly: China is our big neighbour, we have friendly relations but in terms of investments the Japanese and (South) Korean investors, for example, are more active. They are faster, i don't know why.

  2. Louise Beal:

    Love thy neighbour as yourself, but choose your neighbourhood.

  3. Gilbert Keith Chesterton:

    We make our friends we make our enemies but God makes our next door neighbour.

  4. Cornelius Tacitus:

    I am my nearest neighbour.

  5. Ephesians 425 Bible:

    Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour for we are members one of another.

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. whitewash
    • B. tingle
    • C. encumbrance
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