neigh·​bor·​ly | \ ˈnā-bər-lē How to pronounce neighborly (audio) \

Definition of neighborly

: of, relating to, or characteristic of congenial neighbors especially : friendly a neighborly welcome

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Other Words from neighborly

neighborliness noun

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amicable, neighborly, friendly mean exhibiting goodwill and an absence of antagonism. amicable implies a state of peace and a desire on the part of the parties not to quarrel. maintained amicable relations neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others and to be helpful on principle. neighborly concern friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations. sought friendly advice

Examples of neighborly in a Sentence

She was friendly in a neighborly way. they were neighborly folks, always ready to lend a helping hand whenever necessary
Recent Examples on the Web Since the pandemic began, all those unwittingly in its audience have been given the opportunity to experience the devastating lows of disconnection and loss, as well as the placid highs of familial and neighborly connection and kindness. Dallas News, "Fall Arts Preview: Find out what to enjoy from our critics and contributors and how to see them safely," 4 Sep. 2020 In summertime, the neighborly small-talk in Sant'Ippolito, our little hilltop hamlet in Amandola, almost always turns to the subject of animal life—rarely bulls and bears, mind you. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Buffett’s big bet on Japan sends global stocks higher," 31 Aug. 2020 The following spots offer different cuisines but share two other neighborly attributes: good value and vibes. Washington Post, "These 3 restaurants make you feel like a neighbor, and we all need a dose of that," 14 Aug. 2020 Ham said the patio projects, coordinated by Eric Huber of Solutions for Change, are meant to be a neighborly gift to the community from fellow Vistans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista’s small business owners facing biggest challenges in pandemic," 23 Aug. 2020 And what could be more neighborly than offering your minor-league ballpark to a big-league neighbor in need? Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Buffalo Blue Jays? Team's home away from home has a long baseball history," 11 Aug. 2020 The structure scoops back from the corner, a neighborly gesture that gives Crescent its name. John King,, "On Nob Hill and in Mission Bay, two new housing projects serve much different needs," 9 Aug. 2020 Dear Trapped: Your friend seems to have passed through the neighborly sloppy porch-drinker phase and is now parked at the belligerent/blackout drunk stage. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Visiting porch drunk shows up every night, forgets about it the next day," 3 Aug. 2020 Dear Trapped: Your friend seems to have passed through the neighborly sloppy porch-drinker phase and is now parked at the belligerent/blackout drunk stage. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Pandemic porch-drinking pal needs push," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of neighborly

1558, in the meaning defined above

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“Neighborly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neighborly

: helpful and friendly


neigh·​bor·​ly | \ ˈnā-bər-lē How to pronounce neighborly (audio) \

Kids Definition of neighborly

: familiar and helpful : friendly

Other Words from neighborly

neighborliness noun

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