verb (used with object)
Origin of friend
Synonyms for friend
Antonyms for friend
Examples from the Web for friending
Contemporary Examples of friending
How can I get my kids off their electronic devices and outside to play with their friends instead of friending them online?Facebook Aims Low, May Allow the Under-13 Crowd to Sign Up
June 5, 2012
Historical Examples of friending
What friending was 't you gave us on the day You drove us out of Athens?The Mortal Gods and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
All the time I knew perfectly well that the great show of honour and "friending" was not for me alone.
But all the time I knew perfectly well that the great show of honor and "friending" was not for me alone.The Story of My Life
Word Origin for friend
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.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends