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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.

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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  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. Demosthenes:

    It is the natural disposition of all men to listen with pleasure to abuse and slander of their neighbour, and to hear with impatience those who utter praises of themselves.

  2. The Dhammapada:

    The faults of others are easily perceived, but those of oneself are difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour?s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides as a cheat hides the false dice from the gamester.

  3. Mahabharata:

    An evil-minded man is quick to see His neighbour's faults, though small as mustard seed; But when he turns his eyes towards his own, Though large as bilva fruit, he none descries.

  4. Chinese:

    Let every man sweep the snow from before his own doors, and not busy himself about the frost on his neighbour?s tiles.

  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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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. descant
    • B. abet
    • C. monish
    • D. fluster

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