- 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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Examples from the Web for friendly
By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
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A friendly twenty-something woman originally from Toronto said it best.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
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The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
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Sena might have felt insulated from suspicion in part because of his friendly relationship with local police.The Father Who Made His Kids Have Sex With a Dog
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In reality, there is no such thing as a “friendly” intelligence service.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
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Have you not of late struggled against the warnings of this friendly spirit?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
A portly burgher was he, friendly of tongue and free of purse.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The old man was looking at her with frank and friendly apology for his intrusion.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The natives met with were friendly, but to us altogether unintelligible.Explorations in Australia
If I can hear his friendly voice, and know he is not heavy-burthened, I am happy.
- 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 friendly
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