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 Biden kept China waiting for weeks before finally talking to Xi Wednesday night in a call that was described as at times conciliatory and other times less friendly as the deep differences remain between the two countries. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon’s China task force aimed at making quick decisions to box in Beijing," 12 Feb. 2021 November to remember: By design or happenstance, the Big 12 has TV friendly games in final months. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Five takeaways from Big 12 2021 football schedule release: Including a November to remember," 11 Feb. 2021 That coolness is far from the friendly tone the men adopted in their several meetings in the United States and China during the Obama administration. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Biden Raises Concerns With China’s Xi in First Call Since Election," 10 Feb. 2021 In 2017 Dave Smith used a TGMS guest-hosting spot to interview Richard Spencer and Christopher Cantwell, giving both a friendly platform to lay out their vision for a white ethno-state. Seth Simons, The New Republic, "The Comedy Industry Has a Big Alt-Right Problem," 9 Feb. 2021 There are a lot of friendly rivalries, great relationships and fun memories that have been a huge part of my life. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "St. Thomas athletes and coaches begin their fond farewell to the MIAC," 6 Feb. 2021 Gimmicky message services like Cameo treat goodwill as a friendly contagion, something anyone can catch and spread. Laurence Scott, Wired, "On the Capitalist Internet, Even Celebs Join the Gig Economy," 4 Feb. 2021 The collection consists of staples that any style-minded human could add to their rotation — winter-quarantine friendly layers like leggings, hoodies, and puffer vests in rich earth tones sit alongside joggers and tees. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "Girlfriend Collective Launched Gender-Neutral Style Staples," 4 Feb. 2021 According to its website, Mission Control has community standards for participation and encourages friendly competition and interactions. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Calling Plano gamers: Competitive, local esports leagues are starting soon," 1 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 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 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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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

20 Feb 2021

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“Friendly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friendly. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for friendly

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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