adjective, friend·li·er, friend·li·est.


Also friend·li·ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.

noun, plural friend·lies.

a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one's side; an ally or supporter.

Origin of friendly

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

Synonyms for friendly

Antonyms for friendly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for friendlier

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

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

noun plural -lies

Also called: friendly match sport a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper