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 friendly (audio) \ adverb

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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 Make windows bird-friendly with decals or patterns. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Spring migration is peaking now in Minnesota: Get outside and enjoy the show," 11 May 2021 Margery Winters from Roaring Brook Nature Center will explain how to make your garden more amphibian friendly. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 7 May 2021 Functionality is about making a home more user-friendly. Jamie Gold, Forbes, "30 Wellness Design Gifts For Mother’s Day 2021," 4 May 2021 Grosberg and Thomas Pitts, a neurologist at Hudson Medical in New York City, shared some tips for making your home more migraine-friendly. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "7 At-Home Solutions For Migraine Relief," 3 May 2021 Activists and experts will also delve into what Houston could do now to make the city more friendly for bicyclists. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Judge Lina Hidalgo to speak at Houston Bike Summit," 30 Apr. 2021 Seeding narrow strips of land within and around crop fields with native plants is an effective and affordable way to make farming more climate-friendly. Lisa Schulte Moore, The Conversation, "Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmers," 28 Apr. 2021 From working to bring environmental policies to the Florida Legislature to raising funds for numerous environmental organizations, Samuel has helped to make her community more eco-friendly. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "North Broward Prep junior wins student leadership award for environmental efforts," 27 Apr. 2021 The secret to making any spot at home lounge-friendly is, of course, a great lounge chair. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "Patio furniture galore is on sale right now at Walmart—shop all the best pieces," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Sixty years ago, friendly-faced host Jim McKay welcomed viewers to a live broadcast of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. BostonGlobe.com, "ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ debut 60 years ago. It would go on to change sports television as we know it," 24 Apr. 2021 As the coronavirus pandemic squeezes household budgets, workers and employers alike are increasingly turning to pay-advance apps with friendly-sounding names like Earnin, Dave, Brigit and Rain. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Apps Will Get You Paid Early, for a Price," 2 Oct. 2020 Swarovski, the crystal specialist, shows mostly friendly-looking teddy bears and roses, Disney characters, and adorable Zodiac animals on its sparkly website. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Swarovski Will Sell You a Crystal Batmobile for $8900," 13 June 2020 Mitsotakis won office pledging to make the country more-business friendly, cut taxes and modernize Greece’s antiquated bureaucracy. Washington Post, "Trump applauds Greek ‘comeback’ in White House meeting," 7 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun FC Cincinnati started off its schedule of preseason friendlies with a bang on Wednesday, downing second-division Phoenix Rising FC, 3-0. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "MLS preseason: FC Cincinnati downs Phoenix Rising FC, 3-0," 29 Jan. 2020 However, despite this the 25-year-old has still been called up to the Democratic Republic of Congo squad this week for their upcoming friendlies against Algeria in Blida and the Ivory Coast in Paris. SI.com, "When & Where to Watch West Ham United's Players During the October International Break," 9 Oct. 2019 The 2019 Copa America champions will be travelling to Singapore this week for two friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria. SI.com, "When & Where to Watch Real Madrid's Players During the October International Break," 9 Oct. 2019 These last two friendlies showed that the U.S. has some young players who already show signs of being capable of being core players in this new process. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Neymar's dashing return, Germany's slump and the best of the soccer weekend," 3 June 2018 Pepe, who joined the Gunners from Lille in a deal worth an eventual £72m in the summer, missed the Ivory Coast's recent friendlies against Tunisia and Benin. SI.com, "Unai Emery Doesn't Know Injury That Ruled Nicolas Pepe Out of International Duty," 14 Sep. 2019 Their two previous meetings were both friendlies in the same year - 1950. SI.com, "Lille v Chelsea: 7 Key Stats & Facts to Impress Your Mates Ahead of European Clash," 2 Oct. 2019 Trophy time: The Champions League trophy — albeit, a replica — was on the field to promote a July 24 friendly between champions Liverpool and Sporting Lisbon at Yankee Stadium. Ben Walker, courant.com, "Europe, you’re up! Yankees top Blue Jays 8-7, head to London," 27 June 2019 The Orange and Blue will divide its roster and play two friendlies Feb. 21 before departing later in the day to return to Cincinnati. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what to watch for during FC Cincinnati's preseason camp at IMG Academy in Florida," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of friendly was before the 12th century

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15 May 2021

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“Friendly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friendly. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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