Definition of neighbour in English:

neighbour

(US neighbor)

noun

  • 1A person living next door to or very near to the speaker or person referred to.

    ‘our garden was the envy of the neighbours’
    • ‘All of this is told in the aggrieved, obsessed, slightly compassionate tone of a next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's even arguable whether their next door neighbours should.’
    • ‘He woke his younger sister and brother and got them and their mum out of the house before rousing the next door neighbours.’
    • ‘Most Australians don't know their next-door neighbours or care what becomes of them.’
    • ‘Living next to nightmare neighbours can turn your life upside down.’
    • ‘A fireman raced to the aid of his new next door neighbours after they spotted smoke.’
    • ‘When she was nearly 80, my dear old mum would skip down the garden, jump on to a bench and hop over the wall to check on her next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘We did speak with one of his next-door neighbours who claims to be a family friend as well who kind of defended the doctors.’
    • ‘There is lots of petty theft and my neighbour next door was burgled.’
    • ‘We have a neighbour next door and I just want her to read this rant.’
    • ‘My next door neighbours argue passionately, ferociously and with much slamming of doors.’
    • ‘Their next door neighbours, also a squatting family, were evicted a few days later.’
    • ‘Next door, her neighbours have decided to sell their apartment and move out of the city altogether.’
    • ‘You can tell that you've got scumbags for neighbours when the people next door fulfil the following criteria.’
    • ‘The neighbours living directly next door would play loud music and party into the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘A mere six weeks later I was told my next door neighbours wanted to add an extension to the front of their house.’
    • ‘The next door neighbours are setting off their fireworks as I type this.’
    • ‘Don't dogs realise that the next-door neighbours provide their lawns for this purpose?’
    • ‘Just before four our next door neighbours started up the car engine, revved it and kept it running.’
    • ‘But I'd sometimes go to the next-door neighbours who had a cow called Buttercup.’
    1. 1.1 A person or place in relation to others next or near to it.
      ‘I chatted with my neighbour on the flight to New York’
      ‘matching our investment levels with those of our European neighbours’
      • ‘The future of our country depends on the level of relations with our neighbors.’
      • ‘Each frame is rotated by three degrees in relation to its neighbour and is slightly different in height.’
      • ‘A new government in Iraq raises questions about its relationship to its neighbors.’
      • ‘That is the only choice for Japan to take in order to win back trust from its Asian neighbors and expand relations with them a step further.’
      • ‘Given your recent history, do you see a future of economic relations with your enormous neighbor?’
      • ‘It is good politics for any country to have friendly relations with its neighbours.’
      • ‘Maintaining friendly relations with neighbours and calm within the country are the big tasks ahead.’
      • ‘The visit aggravated Japan's already strained relations with its Asian neighbors.’
      • ‘There are many other areas of international relations with our Asian neighbours that we also need to get right.’
      • ‘The game in each plant changed from making improvements to making the plant look good in relation to its neighbors.’
      • ‘Proponents say the deal makes sense given America's unique relationship with its southern neighbor.’
      • ‘Australia has refused to apologize, creating strained relations with its northern neighbor.’
      • ‘It had good relations with its neighbors and other countries, and the people were largely contented.’
      • ‘Equally important for the new president will be forging stronger relations with Korea's neighbors.’
    2. 1.2 Any person in need of one's help or kindness (after biblical use)
      ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’
      • ‘If only we kept the commandment, ‘thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,’ but God forgive us for the way we keep it.’
      • ‘How can one turn the other cheek and love thy neighbor at the same time you are being urged to conquer by the sign of the cross?’
      • ‘He believed more in loving thy neighbour than defending his country.’
      • ‘What Jesus does say repeatedly is to love thy neighbor as thyself.’
      • ‘I mean, these aren't people that are going to turn around and love thy neighbor tomorrow.’
      • ‘All we can do is, to do right and love thy neighbor.’
      • ‘The New Testament injunctions to turn the other cheek and love thy neighbour were a great advance in civilisation.’
      • ‘I'm hoping, however, that it's less of a sin to covet thy neighbor's minivan.’
      • ‘And Matthew said most important of all, is love, love thy neighbor as thyself.’
      • ‘To love thy neighbour as thyself is also a common teaching to many religions.’
      • ‘Also the things that religion teaches us: love thy neighbour, do not kill and so on, are just ignored.’
      • ‘I always thought IX was something about not bearing false witness against thy neighbor.’
      • ‘To thy neighbours owest thou thine heart, thine self, and all that thy hast and can do.’
      • ‘Jesus preached love thy neighbour and told people not to take an eye for an eye.’
      • ‘Humanism promoted the spirit of oneness, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.’
      • ‘Even in the Commandments, it says to love thy neighbor as thyself, not to love thy neighbor more than thyself.’
      • ‘It went totally against Jesus' commandment love thy neighbour as much as yourself.’
      • ‘The Bible teaches us to love thy neighbor and advocates social responsibility.’
      • ‘We are trying to realize the core essence of Judaism: to love thy neighbor as thy self.’
      • ‘Love thy neighbor as one loves thyself is still good advice.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • (of a place or object) be situated next to or very near (another)

    ‘the square neighbours the old quarter of the town’
    • ‘Petrus and Sandra decided to elope, leaving for neighbouring Swaziland to get married.’
    • ‘Residents from four neighbouring houses spent a night away from their homes as the house was sealed off.’
    • ‘Isn't it great to be on a par with neighbouring towns with the place full of life and lights.’
    • ‘The store and neighbouring areas were blocked off but no bombs were found on the site.’
    • ‘Parades run over several weekends, so as not to clash with other parades in neighbouring areas.’
    • ‘The region neighboring the telomeres also appears to be rich in duplicated regions.’
    • ‘He heard an elderly woman and a child were among residents in neighbouring flats when the fire started.’
    • ‘Ron and Ken are first cousins who grew up on neighboring farms near Harlan in western Iowa.’
    • ‘It has pressured neighboring countries to shut down their casinos at the border.’
    • ‘He urged the needy to visit offices in neighbouring areas to see if they could be helped.’
    • ‘When he runs out of his own trees, he will buy in supplies from neighbouring estates.’
    • ‘One has already been set up in neighbouring Castle Road which suffered from the same problems.’
    • ‘The dead included six from neighbouring Afghanistan and two Pakistani children.’
    • ‘Our soldiers are sent to the south to patrol an area neighboring Chechnya.’
    • ‘The site is in an area neighboring a residential part of the city, north of Harbin.’
    • ‘A jukebox stood near the end of the bar, neighboured by a golf machine.’
    • ‘Even in Europe, pensions are uprated in France but not in neighbouring Andorra or Monaco.’
    • ‘Some of the refugees have fled to nearby islands in neighboring provinces.’
    • ‘Anyone planning a firework display in a rural area should warn neighbouring farmers in advance.’
    adjacent, nearest, closest, next-door, next, adjoining, bordering, connecting, abutting, contiguous, proximate
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Origin

Old English nēahgebūr, from nēah ‘nigh, near’ + gebūr ‘inhabitant, peasant, farmer’ (compare with boor).

Pronunciation

neighbour

/ˈneɪbə/