January 28, 2012
- neighbor (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a person or thing living or located near another2 : a fellow human being
- How do you use it?
- Janni found that his new neighbors in the U.S. were eager to know more about his native country.
- Are you a word wiz?
How old do you think the word "neighbor" is?"Neighbor" is a very old word, dating back to before the 12th century. The combination of the Old English words "neah," meaning "near," and "gebur," meaning "dweller," produced the word "neahgebur." This word was used for a person living near another, on the same street or even in the same village. The spelling of "neahgebur" has changed over the centuries to give us "neighbor," but the word's basic meaning has remained the same.