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 combinationa reader-friendly layout
b : designed or intended to accommodate particular needs, users, etc. usually used in combinationa 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 combinationan 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

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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 Once again, Michigan's offense struggled within the friendly confines of Crisler Center. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Crucial call goes against Michigan basketball in 61-58 loss to Ohio State," 5 Feb. 2020 In practice, this involves Lightning Labs building and selling software infrastructure to improve Bitcoin transfers, while other startups develop applications to make the network more user friendly. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Bitcoin is too slow. Is Lightning Labs poised to fix that?," 5 Feb. 2020 Alleyway Grille wants to be more than just a friendly place to grab a bite. Anchorage Daily News, "Miss the old Roadrunner on Arctic? Alleyway Grille just might be your jam.," 5 Feb. 2020 Smiles and friendly play fill the room as the tiles continue to click. Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers has a Mah Jongg center — and it's not like those online matching games," 4 Feb. 2020 That leg of the preseason lasts Feb. 10-21 and includes friendly matches against fellow MLS sides Philadelphia Union and Nashville SC. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "With Jürgen Locadia deal done, another signing is imminent for FC Cincinnati," 4 Feb. 2020 Taiwan often must rely on second-hand information relayed by friendly governments and nongovernmental organizations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Taiwan Quarantine," 4 Feb. 2020 The Portland Thorns continue to be well-represented on the USWNT and with three players including Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Adrianna Franch on the team sheet for Friday’s friendly. oregonlive, "USWNT vs Costa Rica in Olympic Qualifying: Live updates, score, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 4 Feb. 2020 In some ways, New Hampshire could be even friendlier territory than Iowa for a beat-Trump-at-all-costs moderate like Klobuchar, since independents can vote in its Democratic primary. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Amy Klobuchar Is in for the Long Haul," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 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 Projected third-stringer Bobby Edwards will have to give way to as Richey and Tytoń will both play one-and-a-half games during preseason friendlies against MLS foes. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati notebook: Darren Mattocks not in plans for 2020," 30 Jan. 2020 In Berhalter’s first three games in charge, all winter friendlies, the U.S. laid the foundation for implementing the coach’s new system by posting three shutout victories. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "U.S. men’s soccer eager to show ‘something different’ at Gold Cup," 17 June 2019 Trusty has also been previously called up to the senior U.S. men’s national team and was on the matchday roster for their friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica earlier this year. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Rapids acquire USMNT defender, deal to keep Lalas Abubakar," 20 Nov. 2019 According to a report in the New Zealand Herald the experienced defender is set to be called up to the senior squad for the All Whites' upcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania. SI.com, "Winston Reid Finally Set for West Ham Injury Return Ahead of New Zealand Call-Up," 4 Nov. 2019 An analysis included in the lawsuit claims that if the men's and women's team each played and won 20 friendlies in a year, the women would earn a maximum of $99,000, while the men would earn an average of $263,320. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "World Cup in hand, US women's soccer team moves to battle for equal pay. Here's what you need to know," 8 July 2019 While Mexico under Martino has won all four of its friendlies this year -– and mostly looked good doing it — the U.S. has looked awful this month, failing to score in losses to Jamaica and Venezuela. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Soccer! France is slowly warming up to the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Injured striker Neymar won’t play in Brazil’s friendlies against Argentina on Nov. 15 in Saudi Arabia, and South Korea four days later in the United Arab Emirates. BostonGlobe.com, "Ramos hired as coach of Houston Dynamo," 26 Oct. 2019 In the pick of the friendlies, Chile were forced to come from behind against Guinea, with Barcelona star Arturo Vidal scoring what would turn out to be the winner from the penalty spot in Alicante. SI.com, "Euro 2020 Qualifying Roundup: Spain Reach Next Summer's Finals, ROI Slip Up & Italy Score Five," 15 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for friendly

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

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Last Updated

8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Friendly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friendly. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for friendly

friendly

adjective
How to pronounce friendly (audio)

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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