verb (used with object)
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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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Example sentences from the Web for friend
Those who live off campus and don’t plan on coming back to visit campus to, say, hang out with their friends don’t have to get tested.Even the most cautious schools are seeing outbreaks|Sy Mukherjee|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Paul brushed him off because several friends had already started the process to see if they could be his donor, but each backed out.
Trina advised those watching to check in with their friends who appear to be okay.Trina Braxton To David Adefeso: ‘When You Attack One, You Attack Us All’|Hope Wright|September 17, 2020|Essence.com
Among other things, McCarthy said investigators learned that Ziona and LeBlond had been friends since the two were in middle school and that they remained friends after Ziona transitioned as a woman.Md. man charged in 2015 trans murder sentenced to 35 years|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
A couple years ago my friends were comparing step counts when they asked about mine.
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
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.
Some weeks after, the creditor chanced to be in Boston, and in walking up Tremont street, encountered his enterprising friend.
The blood that accused his friend in his heart, rushed to his face, when he repeated what had been told him.
It is then we make him our friend, which sets us above the envy and contempt of wicked men.
Ripperda accompanied this unexpected refusal, with a laboured epistle to his imperial friend.
A friend and companion meeting together in season, but above them both is a wife with her husband.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
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