friendly

adjective
friend·​ly | \ ˈfren(d)-lē How to pronounce friendly (audio) \
friendlier; friendliest

Definition of friendly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or befitting a friend: such as
a : showing kindly interest and goodwill friendly neighbors
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
2 : serving a beneficial or helpful purpose A friendly breeze finally drove the boat into harbor.
3a : easy to use or understand friendly computer software often used in combination a reader-friendly layout
b : designed or intended to accommodate particular needs, users, etc. usually used in combination a kid-friendly restaurant… providing a more business-friendly and professional environment …— Matt Miller — see also user-friendly
4 : not causing or likely to cause harm environmentally friendly packaging [=packaging that does not damage the environment] often used in combination an eco-friendly vehicle

friendly

adverb

Definition of friendly (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a friendly manner : amicably

friendly

noun
plural friendlies

Definition of friendly (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from friendly

Adjective

friendlily \ ˈfren(d)-​lə-​lē How to pronounce friendlily (audio) \ adverb
friendliness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for friendly

Adjective

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

Examples of friendly in a Sentence

Adjective

The local people are very friendly to visitors. It was friendly of him to offer to help us. His friendly smile was reassuring. They maintained a friendly correspondence. A friendly breeze helped us sail the boat into the harbor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

However speaking to the BBC after the Lionesses' 2-1 friendly defeat to Norway, Neville moved to rubbish such claims. SI.com, "Phil Neville Dismisses Rumours Linking Him to USA Women's Manager Job," 3 Sep. 2019 The Oscar-winning actor, 44, and his model girlfriend, 22, spent part of their Labor Day weekend engaging in a friendly game of volleyball on the beach in Malibu, California. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Leonardo DiCaprio and Girlfriend Camila Morrone Hit the Beach to Play Volleyball," 3 Sep. 2019 Family-friendly 5k race in Price Hill benefiting two non-profit organizations who share a vision of improving the quality of life for all families in the Price Hill community. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Sept. 3-8," 3 Sep. 2019 The Round Lake shelter at 31333 Round Lake Road is among five of the shelters that are pet friendly while three will accommodate pets and people with special needs. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian: Lake shelters open -- ‘I’d just as soon not ride this one out’," 2 Sep. 2019 The match against Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday set a record for a stand-alone women’s friendly crowd at 49,504. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "U.S. women’s national team has felt outgoing coach Jill Ellis in their corner," 2 Sep. 2019 These aren’t spaces known for a vegetarian-friendly ethos. Alicia Kennedy, Washington Post, "As the Impossible and Beyond burgers take off, will real veggie burgers go extinct?," 2 Sep. 2019 Kratos Defense is developing the X-58A Valkyrie, a high speed drone designed to complement friendly fighters, while Boeing Australia unveiled its Loyal Wingman earlier this year. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Loyal Wingman Drone Flies Alongside Manned Fighters," 31 Aug. 2019 Thursday’s game has already set a USWNT record for ticket-sales for a standalone friendly. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "USWNT beats Portugal 4-0 in World Cup victory tour game: Highlights, live updates recap," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

United has a third friendly scheduled against Pachuca of Mexico’s Liga MX at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United falls 3-0 to Aston Villa in international friendly," 17 July 2019 Saturday will feature an inter league friendly between the Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays RBI youth teams, followed up with RBI Night at Marlins Park. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Former and current Marlins, lots of ball on deck for Marlins’ Play Ball Week," 10 July 2019 United has a third friendly scheduled against Pachuca of Mexico’s Liga MX at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United falls 3-0 to Aston Villa in international friendly," 17 July 2019 Saturday will feature an inter league friendly between the Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays RBI youth teams, followed up with RBI Night at Marlins Park. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Former and current Marlins, lots of ball on deck for Marlins’ Play Ball Week," 10 July 2019 Saturday’s StubHub Center friendly between Manchester United and the Galaxy couldn’t come at a better time for the visitors — or at a worse time for the home team. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Galaxy's matchup vs. Manchester United comes at inopportune time," 14 July 2017 The defensive devices manufactured by Mace are user-friendly, priced reasonably, and set the industry standard for quality and innovation. Janet H. Cho, cleveland.com, "Mace pepper sprays offer potent protection made in Cleveland (photos, video)," 28 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Paredes will join Paraguay for friendlies against Japan on Sept. 5 and Jordan on Sept. 10. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Timbers midfielders Cristhian Paredes, Renzo Zambrano, Andres Flores called up for international duty," 3 Sep. 2019 The Rapids’ involvement with Denver’s World Cup bid, hosting of the national teams and international friendlies speak to the club’s core mission. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Colorado Rapids’ hiring of Robin Fraser speaks to greater goal. “The evolution, it’s come forward.”," 27 Aug. 2019 The 19-year-old forward was called for friendlies against Panama and the Czech Republic last March, but was ruled out because of injury. Washington Post, "After missing Copa América, Neymar to play Brazil friendlies," 17 Aug. 2019 As a result a women’s national team player who appears in 20 friendlies a year could earn as much as $307,500 in salary and bonuses while a men’s player would earn $263,333, in game bonuses only. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! An embarrassment of MLS riches in L.A.," 20 Aug. 2019 Messi, 32, and Argentina can still appeal the decision, which stops the striker from playing in four friendlies this year. BostonGlobe.com, "Messi suspended three months for remarks," 2 Aug. 2019 Ellis announced her retirement from the USWNT on July 30 and will leave the program after a five-game set of friendlies through Oct. 6. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "USWNT Coach Jill Ellis Gives Dolphins Training Camp Pep Talk: 'Iron Sharpens Iron'," 6 Aug. 2019 Hinkle, 26, eventually did withdraw from playing in two international friendlies games for the United States, and, according to the Associated Press, was later booed at Courage games by fans waving Pride flags. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "USWNT's Ashlyn Harris Calls Ex-Teammate 'Homophobic' After She Declined Call-Up Over Pride Jersey," 16 July 2019 Despite this disappointment, he was called up to the senior squad for friendlies against Belgium and the Netherlands later that same year, but didn't make an appearance in either of those matches. SI.com, "Eder Balanta: 6 Things to Know About Arsenal's Defensive Transfer Target," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of friendly

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for friendly

Adjective

see friend entry 1

Adverb

see friend entry 1

Noun

see friend entry 1

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friendly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of friendly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting like a friend : kind and helpful
: having or showing the feelings that friends have for each other
: showing support or approval

friendly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of friendly (Entry 2 of 2)

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

friendly

adjective
friend·​ly | \ ˈfrend-lē How to pronounce friendly (audio) \
friendlier; friendliest

Kids Definition of friendly

1 : having or showing the kindness and warmth of a friend a friendly neighbor a friendly smile
2 : being other than an enemy
3 : easy or suitable for a kid-friendly restaurant

Other Words from friendly

friendliness noun

friendly

adjective
friend·​ly

Legal Definition of friendly

: agreeable to those affected : not hostile a friendly takeover

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