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 These limits help to protect neighbors from un-neighborly behavior and against properties detracting from the community. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Are there surprises in your CC&Rs?," 24 Apr. 2021 Nothing are dedicated to using the groups to help build community resiliency, mutual aid and neighborly trust. Washington Post, "‘Buy Nothing’ groups: A place to share goods, services — and gratitude," 22 Apr. 2021 Before the rubber mallet, ear-splitting music, songs with obscene lyrics or the bass speaker affixed to his ceiling, Victor Park tried a gentle, neighborly request with a smile. Los Angeles Times, "Vengeance is served with a jackhammer or death metal: South Koreans strike back at noisy neighbors," 30 Mar. 2021 This is the kind of neighborly place that shelters the kids inside on freezing days when the bus is late., "3 places we supported this week," 23 Mar. 2021 With its neighborly streets, charming old homes and desirable location close to downtown and Lake Erie, Lakewood is one of the area’s most popular suburbs among buyers. cleveland, "Renovated 1915 Lakewood home strikes balance between modern and classic: House of the Week," 19 Mar. 2021 As no one else on their street keeps livestock, the brood of four — Gloria, Miss Hennepin County, Darkness and Gam Gam — is the focus of ongoing neighborly attention. Marion Winik, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Brood,' by Jackie Polzin," 5 Mar. 2021 Upcoming works by Xavier Galva, Victor Cervantes Jr. and Robert Lee Leng center on themes of neighborly kindness and urban altruism. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 25 Feb. 2021 As the pandemic took hold last year, membership almost doubled as people used the app to share acts of neighborly kindness. Washington Post, "D.C.’s 911 center saw a spike in suspicious-activity calls after Capitol riot," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of neighborly

1558, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neighborly was in 1558

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30 Apr 2021

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“Neighborly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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