{{11}}neighbor (n.) O.E. neahgebur (W.Saxon), nehebur (Anglian) "neighbor," from neah "near" (see NIGH (Cf. nigh)) + gebur "dweller," related to bur "dwelling" (see BOWER (Cf. bower)). Common Germanic compound (Cf. O.S. nabur, M.Du. naghebuur, Du. (na)bur, O.H.G. nahgibur, M.H.G. nachgebur, Ger. Nachbar). Good neighbor policy attested by 1937, but good neighbor with reference to U.S. policy toward Latin America was used by 1928 by Herbert Hoover.
{{12}}neighbor (v.) 1580s, from NEIGHBOR (Cf. neighbor) (n.). Related: Neighbored; neighboring.

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  • Neighbor — Neigh bor (n[=a] b[ e]r), n. [OE. neighebour, AS. ne[ a]hgeb[=u]r; ne[ a]h nigh + geb[=u]r a dweller, farmer; akin to D. nabuur, G. nachbar, OHG. n[=a]hgib[=u]r. See {Nigh}, and {Boor}.] [Spelt also {neighbour}.] 1. A person who lives near… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neighbor — Neigh bor, a. Near to another; adjoining; adjacent; next; neighboring. The neighbor cities. Jer. l. 40. The neighbor room. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neighbor — [n] person who lives close by acquaintance, bystander, friend, homebody*, nearby resident, next door neighbor; concept 423 neighbor [v] be next to abut, adjoin, be adjacent, be contiguous, be near, be nearby, border, butt against, communicate,… …   New thesaurus

  • Neighbor — Neigh bor, v. i. To dwell in the vicinity; to be a neighbor, or in the neighborhood; to be near. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A copse that neighbors by. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neighbor — eigh bor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Neighbored}; p. pr. & vb. n {Neighboring}.] 1. To adjoin; to border on; to be near to. [1913 Webster] Leisurely ascending hills that neighbor the shore. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. To associate intimately with. [Obs.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neighbor — [nā′bər] n. [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] 1. a person who lives near another 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • neighbor — index adjoin, border (approach), juxtapose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • neighbor — (Amer.) neigh·bor || neɪbÉ™(r) n. one who lives in a nearby house; fellow human being; someone or something nearby (also neighbour) v. live near, live next to; be near; border (also neighbour) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • neighbor — I n. AE; BE spelling: neighbour 1) a next door neighbor 2) a neighbor to (she was a good neighbor to us) II v. (esp. BE) (D; intr.) to neighbor on * * * (esp. BE) (D; intr.) to neighbor on a next door neighbor a neighbor to (she was a good… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • neighbor — 01. We met our new [neighbors] the day we moved into the apartment. 02. We just moved into the [neighborhood] a few days ago, and everyone has been so friendly. 03. In a [neighborly] gesture, the people next door brought us a big basket of fruit …   Grammatical examples in English