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



Definition of friendly (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a friendly manner : amicably


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

Other Words from friendly


friendlily \ ˈfren(d)-​lə-​lē How to pronounce friendly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for friendly


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Contradictorily the older generation, who more keenly remember China’s attacks decades ago, are the most friendly to the nation. Amy Chang Chien,, 5 Aug. 2022 No one wants to be seen as the losing gladiator in that fight, so if anything, those involved with both shows were at pains with Variety to make clear there isn’t a rivalry between them, friendly or otherwise. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 Hey, who doesn’t like a little friendly competition? Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 Despite this, he's received a friendly reception so far from big-name conservatives. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 So consider this a friendly reminder not to underestimate flooring! Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2022 The text conversation was described as friendly banter between one of the men and another person who was not on board at that time. Zachary Schermele, NBC News, 4 Aug. 2022 Music being played must be suitable for a family friendly setting. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Smile and exchange a friendly greeting with the people at the tables next to you. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Midtown offices offers an excellent view — especially of the giant purple robot and friendly-looking hot dog that are waving from behind skyscrapers. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 28 July 2022 Events for May 26 include a stress management program 10-11 a.m., low vision tips and tricks noon to 1 p.m. and friendly beat the champs chair volleyball and corn hole competitions 1-2 p.m. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 24 May 2022 Sixty years ago, friendly-faced host Jim McKay welcomed viewers to a live broadcast of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia., 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,, 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,, 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., 9 Oct. 2019 The 2019 Copa America champions will be travelling to Singapore this week for two friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria., 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,, 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., 14 Sep. 2019 Their two previous meetings were both friendlies in the same year - 1950., 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,, 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,, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of friendly


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for friendly


see friend entry 1


see friend entry 1


see friend entry 1

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More Definitions for friendly


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



Legal Definition of friendly

: agreeable to those affected : not hostile a friendly takeover

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