next door

next door

Meaning

  • the nearest house.
  • living near or close to someone.
  • very near to.

Example Sentences

  1. Our house is next door to hers; that’s why we know each other.
  2. She stays next door, so we wave to each other every morning when we wake up.
  3. She was so ill that she was next door to death.
  4. The neighbors next door are very noisy. Sometimes they put on very loud music, which makes it hard for me to sleep.
  5. When I’m bored, I go to watch a movie with my friend next door.
  6. Laziness is the next door to failure. So, if you want to pass your exams, you must work hard.
  7. There were screams in the house next door last night.
  8. You should live amicably with the people next door since they are the ones who can help you when you are in trouble.
  9. My mum was next door to discovering I was lying to her that I was sick in the morning.
  10. The thieves were in the house next door and stole almost everything there.

Origin

“Next door,” also “nextdoor,” originated from the noun phrase “next door” in the 1570s to mean “in or at the next house.” And adjective next + door from the 1660s means living in the adjacent building. The two words that form the idiom, next and door, have different origins. The word next means closest in position, rank, turn or place and was derived from the Middle English word nexte, Niehsta (nearest), and proto–Germanic superlative form of nehwist (nearest). The word door comes from two Middle Eastern Old English words, dor (plural, doru), and duru (plural, dura), meaning door or gate.

The phrase “people living next door,” in its present form, comes into existence around 1850.

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