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

Visitors also can try a family-friendly ropes course, check out a high-flying bungee trampoline, pan for treasures old-west style or challenge themselves physically with an attraction known as the barrel roll. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona Snowbowl is offering new summer attractions," 12 July 2018 Chef Edward Lee's new restaurant combines two strange phrases: Fourth Street Live and family-friendly. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "These summer-friendly, low-alcohol boozy bevys don't skimp on flavor," 10 July 2018 This second annual event features three days of family-friendly activities that will focus on art, specialty markets, live music and more at venues around downtown Wayne. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of July 8 and beyond," 9 July 2018 Kindness ROCKs! is a family-friendly activity, painting rocks that represent joy and kindness then placing them in public spots for others to find and enjoy. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford's new Choose Civility campaign announces several summertime fun events," 9 July 2018 Trump’s determination to conciliate Putin can’t be dismissed as casual trolling or some idle attraction to a friendly face. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that new signing Fabinho and Naby Keita are both in line to make their unofficial debut for the club on Saturday when the Reds face non-league Chester in their first pre-season friendly of the summer. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Confirms New Liverpool Duo Will Make First Reds Appearance This Weekend," 6 July 2018 There has been a lot to like about this World Cup: plenty of goals, high-octane entertainment and even Russia putting on a friendly face for the throng of traveling fans. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The chances a long-suffering nation wins the World Cup is greater than normal," 4 July 2018 No, not the camera-ready kind that gun nuts believe populate school sites after mass shootings, but the friendly face this administration put on its inhumane policy of confiscating immigrant children from their parents. Paul Thornton, latimes.com, "Crossing the U.S. border shouldn't send you to jail," 23 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

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 Iran has lost two of its last five friendlies and in four previous World Cup tournaments has never gotten past the first round, winning just one game. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "World Cup: Egypt-Uruguay, Morocco-Iran, Portugal-Spain matches ready to kick off Friday," 13 June 2018 On the field, the national team immediately began overhauling its roster, calling in younger players for its slate of 2018 friendlies. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "As World Cup takes center stage, US Soccer must put failure aside and find a path forward," 11 June 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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Phrases Related to friendly

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on a friendly basis

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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)

: 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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