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[frend-lee] /ˈfrɛnd li/
adjective, friendlier, friendliest.
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, friendlily. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
noun, plural friendlies.
a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one's side; an ally or supporter.
Origin of friendly
before 900; Middle English frendly, Old English frēondlīc. See friend, -ly
Related forms
friendliness, noun
prefriendly, adjective
1. companionable, neighborly. 2. kindly, amiable, cordial, genial, affectionate, kind-hearted. 3. benevolent, well-disposed, helpful, favorable; advantageous, propitious.
3. antagonistic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for friendlily
Historical Examples
  • He felt her first, warm and friendlily, and then he heard her laughing.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • 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 Edna Ferber
  • They nodded at each other, friendlily, as he looked back from the door.

    Real Folks

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • Queen Stultitia, the sixtieth of that name to rule, received them friendlily.

    Figures of Earth

    James Branch Cabell
  • His face beamed with pleasure when he saw Kathleen and his aunt chatting together so 'friendlily.'

    The Old Pincushion Mrs. Molesworth
  • He seemed to be regarding her in a friendly fashion, and she dared to look at him friendlily, too—even to smile a little.

    The Wishing-Ring Man Margaret Widdemer
  • On going up the rickety stairs, we were at once introduced to him, and received most friendlily.

  • And Snooky, with guile in her heart, raised one fat, dimpled hand above the fence and waved it friendlily.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for friendlily


adjective -lier, -liest
showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trust: a friendly smile
on the same side; not hostile
tending or disposed to help or support; favourable: a friendly breeze helped them escape
noun (pl) -lies
(sport) Also called friendly match. a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
Derived Forms
friendlily, adverb
friendliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for friendlily



Old English freondlic; see friend (n.) + -ly (1). Related: Friendlily; friendliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for friendlily



  1. In wartime, a plane, ship, soldier, civilian, etc, of one's own side: Friendlies, sometimes used to designate townspeople who cooperate with the Americans (WWII armed forces)
  2. An exhibition game: Even if some current 18-year-old blossoms in the so-called friendlies, exhibition games (1980s+ Sports)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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