OTHER WORDS FOR friend
Idioms about friend
Origin of friend
synonym study for friend
historical usage of friend
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM friendfriend·less, adjectivefriend·less·ness, nounnon·friend, noun
How to use friend in a sentence
Your friend can even program in the amount of heat they want directly from a smartphone app.The hottest gifts to buy for the friend who’s always cold|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 20, 2020|Popular-Science
Don’t tell my Deadhead friends, but I favor that rule and the whole off-gridness of this trip.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other|John Briley|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Others were the student’s friends or met him on Tinder, where he pretended to be 18, according to the affidavit.Matthew Erasquin, Arlington lawyer, accused of paying underage girls for sex|Rachel Weiner|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
That’s when Jeremy Uhrich, 42, a fellow Huntingdon dad and a longtime friend of McKenzie’s, challenged him to a cookie competition.
BYU will be told to go play in the Armed Services Bowl-Las Vegas Bowl sandbox with its little friends, regardless of record.Cincinnati and BYU are making a case for the College Football Playoff. Is anyone listening?|John Feinstein|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
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.
After helping Obama pass his landmark health-care reform legislation, Specter was suddenly friendless on the campaign trail.
The Marxes were relatively friendless refugees in a city they did not know and whose language, initially, they did not speak.
The result is a friendless force uncertain of its own purpose.
She was friendless now, her daughter having died, and she thankfully came to be as a mother to Ramona.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
I was friendless before Bernadine came, and latterly we have been nothing to one another.The Double Four|E. Phillips Oppenheim
How can you call yourself friendless and alone when you have a rich and noble husband like Dorian Mountcastle?They Looked and Loved|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
The result of the Bandiera episode was to leave Young Italy yet more friendless than before.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
At the same moment he saw that the girl was looking at his friendless captive.Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for friend (1 of 3)
Derived forms of friendfriendless, adjectivefriendlessness, nounfriendship, noun
Word Origin for friend
British Dictionary definitions for friend (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for friend (3 of 3)
Other Idioms and Phrases with friend
In addition to the idiom beginning with friend
- friend in court
- fair-weather friend
- make friends