adverb

  • In or to the next house or room.

    ‘the caretaker lives next door’
    • ‘You'll dine like a king and probably want to build a house next door just so you can pop in every day for lunch.’
    • ‘The meeting house will be similar in size to The Fox public house next door and will have parking for 28 cars.’
    • ‘Sure, it had only been a move next door, but it was still momentous for me, and for Ian.’
    • ‘The defendant was under a bed next door and was noticed to be bleeding from his hands.’
    • ‘I heard a loud snore coming from the room next door and remembered that I was in Gabby's house.’
    • ‘When we had been kids I lived in the house next door and my bedroom had been directly across from hers.’
    • ‘It is very handy having a pub next door, but I felt a pang of guilt as I popped in to the real Village Pub for a pint.’
    • ‘Then a man who lives across the road came flying into the shop, saying there had been a raid next door.’
    • ‘Then fumed for a while, presuming that it was coming from the unruly mob from the house next door.’
    • ‘She said a house was being built next door on a site where a medieval building had once stood.’
    • ‘He's also checking out a space next door, soon to be another new venue he'll have a hand in.’
    • ‘As the business took off, it hired staff and moved the office to Farnham, where it has opened a spa next door.’
    • ‘I was watching a seagull on the roof just now - I was on the roof of one house, it was on the roof of the house next door.’
    • ‘He took up so much room we moved him to the house next door, which was empty.’
    • ‘He discovered two men had forced the bedroom window open and they shouted that there was a fire next door.’
    • ‘As I headed back to get another box, I noticed a guy looking at us through a window next door.’
    • ‘Of course, there's even less rush when there's a pub next door and you've been offered a lift home.’
    • ‘I recently claimed for damage done to the party wall of my terraced house as a result of a faulty roof next door.’
    • ‘Have you got a dump next door or is your road used just like a litter bin?’
    • ‘Mr Marais said Vukwana then went to a bar next door, killed a man and wounded the owner.’

adjective

next-door
  • Living or situated next door.

    ‘next-door neighbors’
    • ‘My daughter Rebecca was the only eye witness to the murder of her grandmother by a next-door neighbour in 1995.’
    • ‘A burglar who twice crept through a roof space to raid his next-door neighbour's house has been jailed for 15 months.’
    • ‘A man accused of strangling his next-door neighbour to death has been found not guilty at the Old Bailey.’
    • ‘Speak to the girl who works in the florists; speak to your next-door neighbour who works for an insurance company.’
    • ‘A next-door neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the woman had lived at the house in the cul-de-sac for about a year.’
    • ‘A next-door neighbour heard the horror unfolding but by the time police arrived it was too late.’
    • ‘He might be of danger to a next-door neighbour, but he didn't even show much sign of that.’
    • ‘Mr. Thorn only looked like her next-door neighbour, and Leanna still could not believe he was a scientist.’
    • ‘I live in East Oakland and my next-door neighbor had a lot of fireworks so he joined us too.’
    • ‘But I'd sometimes go to the next-door neighbours who had a cow called Buttercup.’
    • ‘Once it was only stars who could have surgery, now it's your next-door neighbour, and why not if it gives you confidence?’
    • ‘A mother and her two young sons were pulled from their blazing home by a courageous next-door neighbour.’
    • ‘Most Australians don't know their next-door neighbours or care what becomes of them.’
    • ‘A next-door neighbour said she was woken up by the sound of breaking glass and the smell of smoke.’
    • ‘Don't dogs realise that the next-door neighbours provide their lawns for this purpose?’
    • ‘I also reported on a shooting of a man who was my next-door neighbour, a man who was killed in a random shooting in a pub.’
    • ‘So when collared by the next-door neighbour and invited in for a cup of tea, I blithely said yes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Distant relatives are not better than next-door neighbours is an old Chinese saying.’
    • ‘When forced to reflect a bit more, he had to admit that he didn't much like his next-door neighbour.’
    neighbouring, adjacent, adjoining, next-door, bordering, abutting
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noun

  • The building, room, or people next door.

    ‘a bleary-eyed man emerged from next door’
    • ‘Just as he was getting ready to throw another rock, the dog from next door, Rocky, suddenly appeared.’
    • ‘He asked her if he should go to a garage and get some petrol and petrol bomb next door's car.’
    • ‘The dogs from next door often burrow under the fence and into my garden digging up plants.’
    • ‘A machine that is so powerful it can suck up dirt not just from your own living room but next door's too.’

Pronunciation

next door

/ˌnekst ˈdôr/