friended

[fren-did]

Origin of friended

First recorded in 1350–1400, friended is from the Middle English word frended. See friend, -ed2

friend

[frend]
noun
  1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
  2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
  3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
  4. a member of the same nation, party, etc.
  5. (initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
  6. a person associated with another as a contact on a social media website: We've never met, but we're Facebook friends.
verb (used with object)
  1. Rare. to befriend.
  2. to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social media website: I just friended a couple of guys in my class.
Idioms
  1. make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.

Origin of friend

before 900; Middle English friend, frend, Old English frēond “friend, lover, relative” (cognate with Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Gothic frijōnds), originally the present participle of frēogan, cognate with Gothic frijōn “to love”
Related formsfriend·less, adjectivefriend·less·ness, nounnon·friend, noun

Synonyms for friend

Synonym study

1. See acquaintance.

Antonyms for friend

1, 4. enemy, foe.
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Examples from the Web for friended

Contemporary Examples of friended

  • For that, Saverin seemed like a good guy, so I did what you did then in college: I friended him on Facebook.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Accidental Billionaires

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    July 16, 2009

Historical Examples of friended

  • "I have been well 'friended' all my life," he said once, looking round at the faces by his bedside.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall


British Dictionary definitions for friended

Friend

1
noun
  1. a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

Friend

2
noun
  1. trademark mountaineering a device consisting of a shaft with double-headed spring-loaded cams that can be wedged in a crack to provide an anchor point

friend

noun
  1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
  2. an acquaintance or associate
  3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
  4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc
  5. a patron or supportera friend of the opera
  6. be friends to be friendly (with)
  7. make friends to become friendly (with)
verb
  1. (tr) an archaic word for befriend
Derived Formsfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun

Word Origin for friend

Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt
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Word Origin and History for friended

friend

n.

Old English freond "friend," present participle of freogan "to love, to favor," from Proto-Germanic *frijojanan "to love" (cf. Old Norse frændi, Old Frisian friund, Middle High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds "friend," all alike from present participle forms). Related to Old English freo "free" (see free (adj.)).

Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were paired alliteratively in Old English; both are masculine agent nouns derived from present participle of verbs, but are not directly related to one another (see fiend). Related: Friends.

friend

v.

in the Facebook sense, attested from 2005, from the noun, but friend has been used as a verb in English since late 14c. Related: Friended; friending. Old English had freonsped "an abundance of friends" (see speed (n.)); freondleast "want of friends;" freondspedig "rich in friends", all of which would be useful now.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with friended

friend

In addition to the idiom beginning with friend

  • friend in court

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • make friends
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