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 Costa Rica will then get a shot at the Americans when the two national teams meet for a Wednesday friendly. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 5 June 2021 The market for old school bigs who come off the bench shouldn’t be very hot, meaning the Thunder should be able to keep Bradley around on a team friendly deal. Nick Crain, Forbes, 5 June 2021 This family friendly event is put on by the board in support of Pride festivities. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 5 June 2021 That’s where the friendly rivalry enters into the picture. Joe Magill, cleveland, 5 June 2021 Even though the newest Royal ship photobombed Mardi Gras, the two ships traded a friendly horn blast as Odyssey of the Seas passed by. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 Currently, it's accessed by fishermen, adventurous sunbathers, and scuba divers and snorkelers lured by the giant groupers and friendly barracudas swimming in the translucent waters. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 4 June 2021 After my parents divorced, my mother stayed friendly with my father’s aunt, Elaine. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 Hometown teams and friendly competition brought out crowds and families wherever the matches were played. Gregory Harutunian, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 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, 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, 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, 13 June 2020 Mitsotakis won office pledging to make the country more-business friendly, cut taxes and modernize Greece’s antiquated bureaucracy. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 Oct. 2019 The 2019 Copa America champions will be travelling to Singapore this week for two friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria. SI.com, 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, 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, 14 Sep. 2019 Their two previous meetings were both friendlies in the same year - 1950. SI.com, 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, 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, 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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Time Traveler for friendly

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

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8 Jun 2021

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“Friendly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friendly. Accessed 16 Jun. 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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