One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a boy from one of the nearby villages’
not far away, not far off, close at hand, near at hand, close by, close, near, within reach, at hand, neighbouring, adjacent
accessible, handy, convenient
1‘her mother lives nearby’
close by, not far away, not far off, close, close at hand, near at hand, near, a short distance away, in the neighbourhood, in the vicinity, at hand, within reach, on the doorstep, round the corner, just round the corner
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