verb (used with object)
Origin of friend
Synonyms for friend
Antonyms for friend
Related Words for friendlessabandoned, adrift, alienated, alone, deserted, forlorn, forsaken, isolated, lonely, lonesome, solitary, unattached, estranged, marooned, shunned
Examples from the Web for friendless
Contemporary Examples of friendless
Alone and friendless in the city, Adam is forced to rely on his sister for his social life.A New Huck on the Hardcore LGBT Hudson
June 11, 2014
America is a nation founded, after all, by those who may have been friendless back wherever they came from.Dad Desperately Seeks Friends to Share Midlife
Karl Taro Greenfeld
June 15, 2013
The result is a friendless force uncertain of its own purpose.Cameron Versus the Police
August 12, 2011
Friendless, he goes on a frantic search to find a best man for his wedding to Zooey (Rashida Jones).13 Movie Tricks…Revealed!
October 31, 2010
Iran seems alone and friendless, a pariah in the world, and deservedly so given its long list of sins.Treat Israel Like Iran
June 2, 2010
Historical Examples of friendless
Ignorant of the law—the law only seemed to him, as it ever does to the ignorant and the friendless—a Foe.
You were friendless, and the man who has all earth for a foe befriends you.
It reminds me, a captive by the waters of Babylon, that God is ever with the friendless.Leila, Complete
A homeless, friendless non-entity, picked up off the street.There is a Reaper ...
Charles V. De Vet
But the poor thing is poverty-struck and friendless, or he says he is, and he wants money.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
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