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adjective, friend·li·er, friend·li·est.
  1. characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
  2. like a friend; kind; helpful: a little friendly advice.
  3. favorably disposed; inclined to approve, help, or support: a friendly bank.
  4. not hostile or at variance; amicable: a friendly warship; friendly natives.
  5. easy to use, operate, understand, etc. (usually used in combination): a consumer-friendly instruction manual; a friendly food processor.
  6. able to coexist with something without harm or trouble (usually used in combination): environmentally friendly building materials; a child-friendly restaurant.
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  1. Also friend·li·ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
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noun, plural friend·lies.
  1. a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one's side; an ally or supporter.
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Origin of friendly

before 900; Middle English frendly, Old English frēondlīc. See friend, -ly
Related formsfriend·li·ness, nounpre·friend·ly, adjective

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Related Words for friendlier

sympathetic, cordial, beneficial, good, amiable, helpful, affectionate, familiar, receptive, neighborly, loyal, favorable, peaceful, loving, welcoming, affable, attentive, amicable, chummy, kind

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Contemporary Examples of friendlier

Historical Examples of friendlier

  • The party in power was not friendlier to Art than to the Church of Rome.


    Beatrice Fortescue

  • Daddy said I was to be friendly and the friendlier I was the easier it would be.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • Well-filled stomachs were conducive to friendlier dispositions.

    The Black Phantom

    Leo Edward Miller

  • Her friendlier mood was not lost on Canby who was quick to take advantage of it.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

  • Nothing could be friendlier than the relations between these two.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for friendlier


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trusta friendly smile
  2. on the same side; not hostile
  3. tending or disposed to help or support; favourablea friendly breeze helped them escape
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noun plural -lies
  1. Also called: friendly match sport a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
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Derived Formsfriendlily, adverbfriendliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for friendlier



Old English freondlic; see friend (n.) + -ly (1). Related: Friendlily; friendliness.

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