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SYNONYMS FOR friend
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historical usage of friend
Frēond “friend, close acquaintance” has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian friūnd, Old Dutch friunt, Old High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds. Frēond comes from the Old English verb frēogan (also frēon ) “to love, free, set free,” and is a derivative of the Germanic root fri-, frī- (and suffixed form frija- ), which is also the source of English free (the progression of senses is “beloved,” then “one of the loved ones,” then “one not a slave, free”).
Old English fēond originally meant “enemy, foe” (and so was the opposite of friend ), and especially in Old English poetry, “Satan, the Devil” (in Beowulf the devil is referred to as fēond moncynnes “the enemy of mankind”). Fēond has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian fiand, Dutch vijand, German Feind, all meaning “enemy.” Fēond comes from the Old English verb fēogan “to hate,” from a Germanic root fī - (from a very complicated Proto-Indo-European root pē-, pēi-, pī- “to hurt, harm”).
Etymologically speaking, then, friend and fiend are acquaintances, and not relatives.
OTHER WORDS FROM friendfriend·less, adjectivefriend·less·ness, nounnon·friend, noun
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Here are the best cooperative games to play with a partner or a group of friends.Best cooperative board games for when you want to work together|PopSci Commerce Team|July 9, 2020|Popular Science
One path looped around other anyons at the device’s center — like a child playing duck, duck, goose with friends — while the other took a direct route.Physicists have ‘braided’ strange quasiparticles called anyons|Emily Conover|July 9, 2020|Science News
Feel free to use slang with your friends and family, but probably avoid it when you’re communicating with coworkers.Six tips for writing emails that aren’t absolute garbage|Harry Guinness|July 8, 2020|Popular Science
You can practice your moves by yourself or hang out with friends at the local skatepark when you’re feeling social.
My mother taught me that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and this paradox has been useful while dealing with both high school and workplace politics.“Paradox” vs. “Oxymoron”: How To Tell The (Seemingly Similar) Difference|Lauren Levy|July 7, 2020|Everything After Z
In an email exchange a friend said many had repeated this same succinct review but they could never elaborate.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The two strengthened ties over the years and now Krauss considers Epstein a “close” and “considerate” friend.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.
“JSwipe is currently under heavy load,” flashed across the screen, one night as a friend and I looked at it.
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.
That he had some notice of what was to be expected from that quarter, appears by the following letter to his friend, Mr. Becher.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)|Thomas Moore
The women and children were being hurried to the ships, and two ladies were hastening past my friend.The Angel and the Author - and Others|Jerome K. Jerome
This, then, is the man who has undertaken to crush my friend Lecour on the question of extraction!The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
She saw Mrs. Leslie coming to the window with her friend, and nerved herself for the ordeal.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
I agree with my friend that we will pay a visit to Mr. A. at two in the morning.Arrows of the Chace, v. 2|John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for friend (1 of 3)
Derived forms of friendfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun
Word Origin for friend
British Dictionary definitions for friend (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for friend (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with friend
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends