General English

Information & Library Science

  • 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.