friendly

adjective
friend·​ly | \ˈfren(d)-lē \
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 \ adverb
friendliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for friendly

Synonyms: Adjective

amicable, chummy, collegial, companionable, cordial, genial, hearty, neighborly, palsy, palsy-walsy [slang], warm, warmhearted

Antonyms: Adjective

antagonistic, hostile, unfriendly

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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

Cuddledown’s 400 thread count sateen (www.cuddledown.com) are silky, light-weight, certified eco-friendly, and come in a stunning array of colors. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 Jammet sees them as a way to be thrifty and eco-friendly, too. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 Thankfully many beauty brands are wising up the role their products play and are coming out with more eco-friendly packaging and nature-safe ingredients. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Polluted My Bathtub for the Sea Turtles With the Help of Lush's Bath Bomb," 30 June 2018 That being said, Google has more work do to to make Chrome OS truly tablet-friendly. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 Massage Envy Coming To Travelers The Travelers Championship is on a mission to make its event the most fan-friendly on the PGA Tour, and golfers have said Travelers has done a superb job so far. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Travelers Notebook: U.S. Open Champ Brooks Koepka A Late Arriver," 19 June 2018 And while your new turtle friend may be gone, you're left with super-soft skin — and hopefully a more eco-friendly outlook. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lush Just Launched Its First New Jelly Bomb of 2018, and It's Both Cute and Conscientious," 19 June 2018 One note: Unfortunately, right now there’s a real dearth of eco-friendly swim options for plus-size women. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "11 Stylish Swimsuits That Are Also Eco-Friendly," 18 June 2018 That goal could be attainable, if enough people show up Saturday and Sunday for this eco-friendly festival’s unique mixture of 50 envelope-pushing visual artists and 20 similarly edgy bands and solo acts. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Juneteenth celebration, A Ship in the Woods Music & Art Festival, Wonderspaces," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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

City will begin their programme of pre-season friendlies in the United States later this month, with the first in just 11 days' time as Guardiola's team face Borussia Dortmund in Chicago. SI.com, "Man City Begin Pre-Season Training Ahead of 2018/19 - Although Most of Squad Remains Absent," 9 July 2018 Trent Sainsbury and Matt Jurman missed the recent friendlies but are expected to play central roles in Russia. John Pye, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Van Marwijk, veteran Cahill lead Australia in fourth straight appearance," 22 May 2018 Though these results include some pre-tournament friendlies, confidence is bound to be dented heading into the Taegeuk Warriors most important game of the tournament. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: South Korea vs Mexico - Classic Encounter, Team News, Predictions & More," 22 June 2018 Chelsea started pre-season training earlier this month, led by Conte, and face upcoming friendlies against Inter, Arsenal and Lyon before playing the Community Shield curtain raiser against Premier League champions Manchester City on 5th August. SI.com, "Chelsea Officially Sack Antonio Conte Ahead of Announcing Maurizio Sarri Appointment," 13 July 2018 Ward, who is said to have returned to Melwood in good shape and has been described as 'outstanding' in training and friendlies so far, is apparently getting the 'time and space' from Klopp to make his case and take the starting job for himself. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Turns to Surprise Contender as He Looks for New Liverpool Number One Goalkeeper," 13 July 2018 South Korea has lost four of its last six matches, which includes friendlies. Jenna Fryer, chicagotribune.com, "Germany under pressure to win against Sweden," 22 June 2018 Yotún started in Peru’s recent friendlies against Scotland and Saudi Arabia and played a full 90 minutes in the latter. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Attacking midfielder Jose Villarreal gets first match minutes for Orlando City," 4 June 2018 That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight international friendlies since. Jerome Pugmire, baltimoresun.com, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for friendly

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)

: 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 \
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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