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 In times of isolation this is of course much tougher, since neighborly chats and physical hangouts are impossible. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "How can we look after older people when coronavirus has made it impossible to see them?," 27 Mar. 2020 Part of the local Great American Restaurants group, Artie’s, 34, acts more neighborly than that sounds or its nearly 300 seats suggest. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Artie’s pleases everybody, daters and families alike," 10 Oct. 2019 The neighborly response, probably scripted but perfectly apt? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus inspires chart-topping, click-worthy songs to laugh and wash your hands by," 18 Mar. 2020 Armed with her neighborly appeal, Klobuchar bet that a strong finish in the Iowa caucuses would catapult her candidacy into the top tier. Nicole Sganga, Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Amy Klobuchar dropping out of 2020 race and endorsing Joe Biden," 2 Mar. 2020 This game is a celebration of Birmingham, and also a neighborly welcome to the most popular pro soccer club in the United States. Joseph Goodman |, al, "A city buzzes for soccer match between Birmingham Legion FC and Atlanta United," 7 Feb. 2020 For Salem’s part, all the birthplace visibility is about more than neighborly provocation. G. Jeffrey Macdonald,, "A Founding Fathers fight on the North Shore," 13 Feb. 2020 From Janelle Monae's neighborly opening number to Eminem's surprise 'Lose Yourself' rendition, weigh in on your favorite performance of the night. Jordan Wilson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars Poll: What Was Your Favorite Musical Performance?," 10 Feb. 2020 Success Kid’ became a viral sensation beloved by millions of Americans, largely due to its good-natured, neighborly message. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Rep. Steve King Used the 'Success Kid' Meme to Fundraise Online. The Boy's Mother is Now Fighting Back," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of neighborly

1558, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2020

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“Neighborly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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