friendly

[frend-lee]

adjective, friend·li·er, friend·li·est.

adverb

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

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Examples from the Web for friendly

Contemporary Examples of friendly

Historical Examples of friendly

  • 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.

  • If I can hear his friendly voice, and know he is not heavy-burthened, I am happy.


British Dictionary definitions for friendly

friendly

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 friendly
adj.

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

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