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friend

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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.
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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.
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Idioms
  1. make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
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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

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1. comrade, chum, crony, confidant. 2. backer, advocate. 4. ally, associate, confrere, compatriot.

Synonym study

1. See acquaintance.

Antonyms

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

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Historical Examples

  • You were friendless, and the man who has all earth for a foe befriends you.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Ignorant of the law—the law only seemed to him, as it ever does to the ignorant and the friendless—a Foe.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It reminds me, a captive by the waters of Babylon, that God is ever with the friendless.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for friendless

Friend1

noun
  1. a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
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Friend2

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
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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)
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verb
  1. (tr) an archaic word for befriend
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Derived Formsfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun

Word Origin

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 friendless

adj.

Old English freondleas; see friend (n.) + -less. Related: Friendlessly; friendlessness.

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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.

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with friendless

friend

In addition to the idiom beginning with friend

  • friend in court

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • make friends
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