- neighborship (American)
From neighbour + -ship. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Noaberskup (“neighbourship”), Dutch nabuurschap (“neighbourship”), Low German Naberschaft (“neighbourship”), German Nachbarschaft (“neighbourship”), Swedish naboskap (“neighbourship”).
neighbourship (plural neighbourships)
- The state or condition of being neighbours; a connection or relationship between people or things which is based simply on living close geographically.
1890, W. A. Clouston, Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers:
- He called to his mind and said: "Surely the Ant had in former days his dwelling underneath this tree, and was busy in hoarding a store of provision: now I will lay my wants before her, and, in the name of good neighbourship, and with an appeal to her generosity, beg some small relief.
1907, William J. Dawson, The Quest of the Simple Life:
- The travelling artist they knew, the pedlar, the insurance agent, and the cockney beanfeaster; but the stranger who desired permanent neighbourship with them they knew not; him they treated as a lunatic at large.
- A relationship between people and / or things which is based simply on being of a similar class.
1912, May Sinclair, The Three Bront:
- Their conveyance is no handsome carriage, but a rickety dog-cart, unmistakably betraying its neighbourship to the carts and ploughs of some rural farmyard.