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- adjective coming immediately after the present one
- acronym fornear-end crosstalk (written as NEXT)
Origin & History of “next”
Etymologically, something that is next is ‘nearest’. The word comes, like its Germanic relatives, German nächste, Dutch naaste, Swedish näst, and Danish næst, from a prehistoric ancestor formed from *nēkh- ‘near’ (from which English nigh is descended) and the superlative suffix *-istaz. A parallel comparative formation has given English near.