Meaning of NEXT in English

I. ˈnekst, before a consonant “ or ˈneks adjective

Etymology: Middle English next, nexte, from Old English nēhst, nīehst, nȳhst, superl. of nēah, nēh nigh — more at nigh

1. : being the nearest : having nothing similar intervening: as

a. : adjoining in a series : immediately preceding or following in order (as of place, rank, relation, or time)

the next verse

the next house

is next in line

the next day

next Monday

b. : following that approaching or in progress

cannot go this Christmas, but I hope to go next

our next job will be clearing the land

c. : first in nearness without implication of succession or contiguity : first located, appearing, happening, or otherwise made relevant

his next neighbor was five miles away

2. archaic : most pressing, convenient, ready, direct, or available

3. slang

a. : aware of what is happening or planned

next to their schemes

b. : intimate , close

planned to be next to her to learn the scandal when it broke

4. of a suit in euchre : of the same color as the exposed or otherwise indicated suit

• next·ness noun -es

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English next, nest, from Old English nīehst, nēhst, nȳhst next, last, nearly, superl. of nēah, nēh near, nigh — more at nigh

1. : in the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding

next we drove home

: in next order (as of place, rank, relation, or time)

the next widest horizon he knew — C.S.Forester

my next newest dress

— compare near

2. : on the first occasion to come

when next we meet

III. preposition

Etymology: Middle English nexte, nest, from Old English nēahst, nēhst, nȳhst, from nīehst, nēhst, nȳhst, adverb

: nearest or adjacent to (as in place or order)

a mad dog … will fly upon and bite anyone that comes next him — Daniel Defoe

one next himself in power — John Milton

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