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 friendless
Alone and friendless in the city, Adam is forced to rely on his sister for his social life.
America is a nation founded, after all, by those who may have been friendless back wherever they came from.
The result is a friendless force uncertain of its own purpose.
Friendless, he goes on a frantic search to find a best man for his wedding to Zooey (Rashida Jones).
Iran seems alone and friendless, a pariah in the world, and deservedly so given its long list of sins.
He begged them not to ill-treat a friendless boy; but to let him return176 home in safety.Stories of Old Greece and Rome|Emilie Kip Baker
Zion bewails her friendless condition, declaring, "there is none to comfort me."Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon|Walter Adeney
“Not friendless, old fellow,” said Leigh, kneeling beside him.Into the Unknown|Lawrence Fletcher
“It will not be so dark and sad and friendless as you think,” she said.A Beautiful Alien|Julia Magruder
Oh, cruel Ethel Brand: to force a friendless girl into such a position!Faithful Margaret|Annie Ashmore
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Derived Formsfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun
Word Origin for friend
Idioms and Phrases with friendless
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends