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 friendlily (audio) \ 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

Plans for the family-friendly attraction were well under way when the fires blew through, affecting much of the attraction’s 70 acres of mountain forested land. al.com, "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 This year’s family-friendly production features a band performing traditional Italian music. Washington Post, "14 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 9 July 2019 An opening video intro for Snoop Dogg's hour-long set illustrated just how far he's expanded his brand, including family-friendly forays into game shows and cooking programs. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q light up Summerfest's last night in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 Berea Elks Lodge #1815, 626 N. Rocky River Dr., Berea July 6, 12-11:55 p.m. Kent Heritage Fest Kent’s outdoor, family-friendly Heritage Fest returns for its 24th year on July 6. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "11 things to do in Cleveland on Saturday, July 6," 6 July 2019 DUXBURY South Shore Conservatory presents the Duxbury Music Festival, a series of faculty and student performances and family-friendly events offering chamber music, jazz, ’80s New Wave classics, and Americana. BostonGlobe.com, "South Calendar: What’s happening this week," 5 July 2019 Stay at the Artists Colony Inn in the heart of downtown with its Shaker-style architecture, at the Brown County Inn, a more family-friendly stop with lots to do on the property, or Yellowwood Inn for a romantic retreat. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 Its crowd is a little different from other chapters, leaning more family-friendly than rowdy, said Josh Ganzemiller, president of the Baltimore chapter, which is one of the reasons the Ruppels chose it. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's American Outlaws draw next generation — and even a rival fan — to Women's World Cup watch party," 2 July 2019 But Dolby’s maiden voyage into headphones is an exciting one, bringing stellar audio quality, comfortable design, and some smart family-friendly features to your living room. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "We Tried Dolby's $600 Dimension Headphones. Are They Worth the Massive Price Tag?," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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

If each team were to play 20 friendlies over the course of a year and win them all, the women would receive $99,000 whereas the men would net $263,320, according to the filing. The Economist, "Where female athletes are more popular than male ones," 27 June 2019 But Mexico, unbeaten this year in four friendlies under Martino, won three of the previous four editions of the biennial confederation tournament. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Mexico’s ‘best of the rest’ team ready to show its form against Cuba in Gold Cup opener," 14 June 2019 What: Colossus Cup, a series of international friendlies between Mexican and Argentine clubs. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chivas and former Club America star Oribe Peralta play River Plate at SDCCU Stadium," 27 June 2019 The Loons have two international friendlies on the calendar. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "U.S. men’s soccer coach Gregg Berhalter: ‘We will be back’ at Allianz Field," 26 June 2019 Especially after the Americans lost ugly in friendlies earlier this month to Venezuela and Jamaica . Dave Campbell, courant.com, "Newcomer Boyd gets 2 goals for US in 4-0 win over Guyana," 19 June 2019 That said, few are expecting the U.S. to have much trouble against Chile, which the Yanks beat 4-0 and 3-0 in two friendlies last fall. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "As USWNT Prepares for Chile, Expect Changes as France Possibly Awaits," 15 June 2019 Most of the players who traveled to Europe for the two friendlies are young and all are based in Qatar — 90 percent of them having graduated from the state-of-the-art Aspire training academy. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go," 20 Nov. 2018 In a hypothetical season of 20 friendlies where each U.S. team went undefeated, a women's base salary is already over $30,000 less than her male counterpart. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. women’s soccer team is fighting two battles — for a World Cup title, and for equality," 11 June 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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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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