Definition for friended (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of friend
SYNONYMS FOR friend
Related formsfriend·less, adjectivefriend·less·ness, nounnon·friend, noun
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.
Examples from the Web for friended
For that, Saverin seemed like a good guy, so I did what you did then in college: I friended him on Facebook.
"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 (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for friended (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for friended (3 of 3)
Derived Formsfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun
Word Origin for friend
Idioms and Phrases with friended
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends