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 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

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 friendlily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper