- a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
- a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
- a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
- a member of the same nation, party, etc.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.
- a person associated with another as a contact on a social media website: We've never met, but we're Facebook friends.
- Rare. to befriend.
- 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.
- make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.
Origin of friend
SynonymsSee more synonyms for friend on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for 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
You were friendless, and the man who has all earth for a foe befriends you.
Ignorant of the law—the law only seemed to him, as it ever does to the ignorant and the friendless—a Foe.
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
- a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker
- 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
- a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
- an acquaintance or associate
- an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
- a fellow member of a party, society, etc
- a patron or supportera friend of the opera
- be friends to be friendly (with)
- make friends to become friendly (with)
- (tr) an archaic word for befriend
Word Origin and History for friendless
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.
Idioms and Phrases with friendless
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends