Neighbor is defined as one who lives near someone or something, or refers to any fellow human being.noun
- An example of a neighbor is the person next door.
- An example of a neighbor is someone who cooks food for a struggling friend.
The definition of neighbor is being near another.adjective
An example of neighbor used as an adjective is neighbor state which means a bordering state.
Neighbor means to live by or be near.verb
An example of to neighbor is for the border of New York to touch the border of New Jersey.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a person who lives near another
- a person, country, or thing situated near another
- a fellow human being: love thy neighbor
- any person: used as a term of direct address
Origin: ME neighbour < OE neahgebur (akin to Ger nachbar) < neah (see nigh) + gebur, freeholder, peasant < ge-, with + bur, farmer < buan, to live, cultivate, akin to ON bua: see bondage
- to live or be situated near (someone or something)
- Rare to bring near or into close association with
- to live or be situated nearby
- to have friendly relations; associate on friendly terms (with)
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- One who lives near or next to another.
- A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
- A fellow human.
- Used as a form of familiar address.
Origin: Middle English neighebor, from Old English nēahgebūr : nēah, near + gebūr, dweller; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.Word History: Loving one's neighbor as oneself would be much easier, or perhaps much more difficult, if the word neighbor had kept to its etymological meaning. The source of our word, the assumed West Germanic form *nāhgabūr, was a compound of the words *nēhwiz, “near,” and *būram, “dweller, especially a farmer.” A neighbor, then, was a near dweller. Nēahgebūr, the Old English descendant of this West Germanic word, and its descendant in Middle English, neighebor, and our Modern English neighbor have all retained the literal notion, even though one can now have many neighbors whom one does not know, a situation that would have been highly unlikely in earlier times. The extension of this word to mean “fellow” is probably attributable to the Christian concern with the treatment of one's fellow humans, as in the passage in Matthew 19:19 that urges love of one's neighbor.