- characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
- like a friend; kind; helpful: a little friendly advice.
- favorably disposed; inclined to approve, help, or support: a friendly bank.
- not hostile or at variance; amicable: a friendly warship; friendly natives.
- easy to use, operate, understand, etc. (usually used in combination): a consumer-friendly instruction manual; a friendly food processor.
- able to coexist with something without harm or trouble (usually used in combination): environmentally friendly building materials; a child-friendly restaurant.
- Also friend·li·ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
- a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one's side; an ally or supporter.
Origin of friendly
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1. companionable, neighborly. 2. kindly, amiable, cordial, genial, affectionate, kind-hearted. 3. benevolent, well-disposed, helpful, favorable; advantageous, propitious.
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Examples from the Web for friendlily
He felt her first, warm and friendlily, and then he heard her laughing.The Lovely Lady
Quietly, but not at all friendlily, the collie returned their stare.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
If I were you, I'd not speak as friendlily as you did this morning—not before people.The Grain Of Dust
David Graham Phillips
And yet the busy men found time to greet him friendlily: "H'are you!"Half Portions
They nodded at each other, friendlily, as he looked back from the door.Real Folks
Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
- showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trusta friendly smile
- on the same side; not hostile
- tending or disposed to help or support; favourablea friendly breeze helped them escape
- Also called: friendly match sport a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
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Word Origin and History for friendlily
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