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.
- friend·li·ness, noun
- pre·friend·ly, adjective
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How to use friendly in a sentence
It’s certainly the definition of a long-term bet, which may not satisfy the green brigade, but it’s burnishing the climate-friendly reputation of plenty of politicians.The hydrogen economy: Hyped for years, the most abundant element in the universe is finally having its moment | kdunn6 | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
Located in Cedar Springs, it is known for its cheap drinks, friendly atmosphere, and comfortable patio area.
In a friendly, Jamaican defender Oniel Fisher played 90 minutes in a 2-1 victory at Saudi Arabia.
The two agencies have enjoyed a friendly post-Cold War relationship, but Soyuz dependence meant launching on Russia’s schedule.SpaceX and NASA officially flew people into space. What’s next? | Charlie Wood | November 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
Flipboard has spent 2020 making itself more commerce-friendly.‘Curating around themes and verticals’: How Flipboard hopes to nurture more shopping on its platform | Max Willens | November 16, 2020 | Digiday
But that friendliness also explains the acrimoniousness of many of his feuds.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness | Ronald K. Fried | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ah, gay Paree—the French capital has practically announced its own LGBT friendliness since the Belle Époque.
The friendliness of their first Texas customers surprised and heartened the Kallisons.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas | Nick Kotz | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has the potential to complicate the unfailing friendliness of Jimmy Fallon by peppering in a little bite.Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night' | Kevin Fallon | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every step toward inscrutability is a step away from accountability, or fond hopes like programming in friendliness toward humans.This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection | James Barrat | February 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The last vestige of her prejudice against Indians had melted and gone, in the presence of their simple-hearted friendliness.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
As if within her bonny smile and unshrinking friendliness he beheld something new and wonderfully beautiful.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Knowing of Talpers's friendliness for the rebellious element among the Indians, Lowell looked at the trader in surprise.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
She was not rude to him, but, despite her inclination, she failed to repay his friendliness in kind as of yore.A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties | Charles Major
She was riding close beside him—an embodied friendliness—a soft and womanly Chloe, very different from the old.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for friendly (1 of 2)
showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trust: a friendly smile
on the same side; not hostile
tending or disposed to help or support; favourable: a 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
- friendlily, adverb
- friendliness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for -friendly (2 of 2)
helpful, easy, or good for the person or thing specified: ozone-friendly
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