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

Choose the Right Synonym for friendly

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

The holiday exhibits run through December 30, and there are a variety of family-friendly, LEGO-themed accommodations, from the LEGOLAND hotel to its Holiday Village cabins. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "The New LEGO House Is The Perfect Place To Spend Christmas," 18 Dec. 2018 At the time, Tumblr was incredibly friendly to adult content. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "How Tumblr went from being the most porn-friendly social media site to banning porn," 5 Dec. 2018 Kate and Massy-Birch were reportedly friendly before the encounter, but didn't speak much after that. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince William Had an Awkward Dinner Party Moment with Kate Middleton and His Ex," 29 Nov. 2018 Republicans have traditionally been more friendly to big business and skeptical of privacy and antitrust regulation. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic," 24 Nov. 2018 Staying true to Farrow & Ball's philosophy, the rich shades are 100% water-based, eco-friendly, and are available in a selection of high-performance finishes. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Farrow & Ball Releases Nine Gorgeous New Paint Colors," 21 Sep. 2018 Moscow has played a delicate diplomatic game of maintaining friendly ties with both Israel and Iran. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane," 19 Sep. 2018 But as progress has proven elusive at lower levels, Messrs. Trump and Kim have maintained friendly personal ties. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "U.S. Preparing for Second Trump Meeting With North Korea’s Leader," 10 Sep. 2018 Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri Okwuegbunam tied Fant for the national lead among tight ends with 11 touchdown grabs, and did so as a freshman in a conference not always friendly to inexperienced skill players. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 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

There are also two friendlies against Chile late in the summer. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. women's soccer is one year from the World Cup. It seems closer for coach Jill Ellis.," 12 July 2018 The ongoing training camp will last until 22nd July, during which time there will be friendlies against Swiss sides Lugano and Sion. SI.com, "Inter Officially Unveil Kwadwo Asamoah Following Free Transfer From Juventus," 10 July 2018 Portland Thorns midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan and defender Midge Purce have been called up to the U.S. Women's National Team for friendlies against China on June 7 and June 12. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Midge Purce called up to U.S. Women's National Team," 30 May 2018 Judging by their recent friendlies, the Russian defense will have a lot of trouble stopping two the most accurate strikers: Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Liverpool’s Salah. José Luis Sánchez Pando, chicagotribune.com, "2018 World Cup Group A preview: Watch out for 'The Pharaohs'," 22 May 2018 That shows that some European soccer fans have been slow to fall in love with the new Nations League format, though the old friendlies weren’t always crowd pleasers. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "UEFA Nations League a hit as positivity replaces skepticism," 21 Nov. 2018 City will begin their programme of pre-season friendlies in the United States later this month, with the first in just 11 days' time as Guardiola's team face Borussia Dortmund in Chicago. SI.com, "Man City Begin Pre-Season Training Ahead of 2018/19 - Although Most of Squad Remains Absent," 9 July 2018 Trent Sainsbury and Matt Jurman missed the recent friendlies but are expected to play central roles in Russia. John Pye, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Van Marwijk, veteran Cahill lead Australia in fourth straight appearance," 22 May 2018 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

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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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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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