- characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
- like a friend; kind; helpful: a little friendly advice.
- favorably disposed; inclined to approve, help, or support: a friendly bank.
- not hostile or at variance; amicable: a friendly warship; friendly natives.
- easy to use, operate, understand, etc. (usually used in combination): a consumer-friendly instruction manual; a friendly food processor.
- able to coexist with something without harm or trouble (usually used in combination): environmentally friendly building materials; a child-friendly restaurant.
- Also friend·li·ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
- a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one's side; an ally or supporter.
Origin of friendly
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1. companionable, neighborly. 2. kindly, amiable, cordial, genial, affectionate, kind-hearted. 3. benevolent, well-disposed, helpful, favorable; advantageous, propitious.
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Examples from the Web for friendlier
At once, Titanic's memory improved, and his attitude got friendlier.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
Southern incumbents like Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have seen some friendlier poll numbers.Here’s What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate
April 30, 2014
Is an image on a cell phone—up-close and personal—always a friendlier face?The Portrait Gallery Face-Off: Fresh, Famous, and Quirky Faces Win the Day
November 17, 2013
This would leave the top rate under ATRA untouched while shifting the terms of the tax debate to friendlier terrain.Chill Out on the Top Tax Rate
June 3, 2013
Workplace culture is changing as well, in ways that make the office a friendlier, more enjoyable place.Give Millennials a Break!
May 13, 2012
The party in power was not friendlier to Art than to the Church of Rome.Holbein
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
Nothing could be friendlier than the relations between these two.The Freelands
- showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trusta friendly smile
- on the same side; not hostile
- tending or disposed to help or support; favourablea friendly breeze helped them escape
- Also called: friendly match sport a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
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Word Origin and History for friendlier
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