- 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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His face immediately shifted out of the placid, guarded, friendliness of the Scheduled Speaker into ambroad, welcoming smile.Anthony Lewis’s Cousin Remembers His Kindness to a Young Journalist
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Her intuition confirmed his own protestations of friendliness.The Spenders
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In its poor degree let its outcome be in truth and friendliness.Weighed and Wanting
Finally she turned to Grant with an honest impulse of friendliness.Good Indian
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Let that feeling represent what I could tell you, and commit her to your friendliness with my thanks.'Little Dorrit
His equanimity was almost winsome, and I saw that friendliness was going to be his tactics.The Cavalier
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- 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 friendliness
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