adjective friend·ly \ˈfren(d)-lē\

: acting like a friend : kind and helpful

: having or showing the feelings that friends have for each other

: showing support or approval


Full Definition of FRIENDLY

:  of, relating to, or befitting a friend: as
a :  showing kindly interest and goodwill
b :  not hostile <a friendly merger offer>; also :  involving or coming from actions of one's own forces <friendly fire>
c :  cheerful, comforting <the friendly glow of the fire>
:  serving a beneficial or helpful purpose
:  easy to use or understand <friendly computer software> —often used in combination <a reader-friendly layout>
:  compatible, accommodating <environmentally friendly packaging> —often used in combination <a kid-friendly restaurant>
friend·li·ly \ˈfren(d)-lə-lē\ adverb
friend·li·ness noun

Examples of FRIENDLY

  1. The local people are very friendly to visitors.
  2. It was friendly of him to offer to help us.
  3. His friendly smile was reassuring.
  4. They maintained a friendly correspondence.
  5. A friendly breeze helped us sail the boat into the harbor.

First Known Use of FRIENDLY

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FRIENDLY

amicable, neighborly, friendly mean exhibiting goodwill and an absence of antagonism. amicable implies a state of peace and a desire on the part of the parties not to quarrel <maintained amicable relations>. neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others and to be helpful on principle <neighborly concern>. friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations <sought friendly advice>.



Definition of FRIENDLY

:  in a friendly manner :  amicably

First Known Use of FRIENDLY

before 12th century

Rhymes with FRIENDLY



: a game between sports teams that is done for fun and not as part of a regular playing season

plural friendlies

Full Definition of FRIENDLY

:  one that is friendly; especially :  a native who is friendly to settlers or invaders
chiefly British :  a match between sports teams and especially international teams that has no connection with league or championship play

First Known Use of FRIENDLY

FRIENDLIEST Defined for Kids


adjective friend·ly \ˈfrend-lē\

Definition of FRIENDLY for Kids

:  having or showing the kindness and warmth of a friend <a friendly neighbor> <a friendly smile>
:  being other than an enemy
:  easy or suitable for <a kid-friendly restaurant>
friend·li·ness noun


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