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.
  1. Also friend·li·ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
noun, plural friend·lies.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for friendlily

Historical Examples of friendlily

  • He felt her first, warm and friendlily, and then he heard her laughing.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

  • Quietly, but not at all friendlily, the collie returned their stare.

  • If I were you, I'd not speak as friendlily as you did this morning—not before people.

    The Grain Of Dust

    David Graham Phillips

  • And yet the busy men found time to greet him friendlily: "H'are you!"

    Half Portions

    Edna Ferber

  • They nodded at each other, friendlily, as he looked back from the door.

    Real Folks

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for friendlily


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
noun plural -lies
  1. 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 friendlily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper