What does friendly mean?

Definitions for friendly
ˈfrɛnd lifriend·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word friendly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. friendlyadjective

    troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces

    "friendlies came to their rescue"

  2. friendlyadjective

    characteristic of or befitting a friend

    "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"

  3. friendly, favorable, well-disposedadjective

    inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile

    "a government friendly to our interests"; "an amicable agreement"

  4. friendlyadjective

    easy to understand or use

    "user-friendly computers"; "a consumer-friendly policy"; "a reader-friendly novel"

  5. friendlyadjective

    of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

    "in friendly territory"; "he was accidentally killed by friendly fire"


  1. Friendlynoun

    (Mil.) A member of one's own military forces, or of allied forces.


  1. friendlynoun

    A game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.

    Even as friendlies, derbies often arouse strong emotions

  2. friendlynoun

    Person or entity on the same side of a conflict.

  3. friendlyadverb

    In a friendly manner, like a friend.

  4. friendlyadjective

    Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.

    Pets must be friendly, working animals rather obedient

  5. friendlyadjective

    Inviting, characteristic of friendliness.

    He gave a friendly smile.

  6. friendlyadjective

    Having an easy relationship with something, as in user-friendly etc.

  7. friendlyadjective

    Without any hostility, as in friendly competition.

  8. friendlyadjective

    Of or pertaining to friendlies (friendly noun sense 2, below). Also applied to other bipolar confrontations, such as team sports

    The soldier was killed by friendly fire.

  9. friendlyadjective

    Being or relating to two or more natural numbers with a common abundancy.

    friendly numbers, friendly pairs, friendly n-tuples

  10. Etymology: friend + -ly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Friendlyadjective

    Etymology: from friend.

    They gave them thanks, desiring them to be friendly still unto them. 2 Mac. xii. 31.

    Thou to mankind
    Be good, and friendly still, and oft return! John Milton, P. Lost.

    How art thou
    To me so friendly grown above the rest
    Of brutal kind? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    Let the Nassau-star in rising majesty appear,
    And guide the prosp’rous mariner
    With everlasting beams of friendly light. Matthew Prior.

    Like friendly colours found our hearts unite,
    And each from each contract new strength and light. Alexander Pope.

    Not that Nepentes, which the wife of Thone
    In Egypt gave to Jove-born Helena,
    Is of such power to stir up joy as this,
    To life so friendly, or so cool to thirst. John Milton.

  2. Friendlyadverb

    In the manner of friends; with appearance of kindness.

    Here between the armies,
    Let’s drink together friendly, and embrace;
    That all their eyes may bear those tokens home
    Of our restored love and amity. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.


  1. friendly

    Friendly refers to showing a kindly or pleasant disposition; amicable; agreeable; cordial. It can describe someone or something that is generous, helpful or displaying goodwill. Friendly can also pertain to a person or thing that promotes or supports well-being, progress or a beneficial outcome. It is typically characterized by a lack of hostility and by habits, actions or characteristics that foster a warm, inviting, comfortable or favorable atmosphere or relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Friendlyadjective

    having the temper and disposition of a friend; disposed to promote the good of another; kind; favorable

  2. Friendlyadjective

    appropriate to, or implying, friendship; befitting friends; amicable

  3. Friendlyadjective

    not hostile; as, a friendly power or state

  4. Friendlyadjective

    promoting the good of any person; favorable; propitious; serviceable; as, a friendly breeze or gale

  5. Friendlyadverb

    in the manner of friends; amicably; like friends

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. friendly

    A contact positively identified as friendly. See also hostile.

Editors Contribution

  1. friendly

    To behave like an affectionate friend.

    Friendly relationships even in the workplace are a gift that unites people to achieve and work as a team.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Friendly is ranked #71478 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Friendly surname appeared 273 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Friendly.

    39.9% or 109 total occurrences were Black.
    37.3% or 102 total occurrences were White.
    10.2% or 28 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    9.5% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.9% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'friendly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2701

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'friendly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2601

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'friendly' in Adjectives Frequency: #343

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of friendly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of friendly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of friendly in a Sentence

  1. Bruton Smith:

    I love the racing business. I want to contribute more and more, you hear us preach about ‘fan friendly.’ I think that is a driver for me to just do more things. I enjoy the contributions I’ve been able to make to the sport.

  2. Joseph Wu:

    I along with our country's people feel sad, angry and regretful, i need to emphasize here that China grabbing our allies and giving us pressure in the diplomatic space will not shrink the distance across the (Taiwan) strait and will not let cross-strait relations walk on a peaceful, friendly path.

  3. Agnes Repplier:

    Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.

  4. Bob Chapek:

    We thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family friendly film to them in a timely manner.

  5. Catt Sadler:

    I did n’t expect Amy Schumer. I mean, how cool is that ? And in such an organic way, that Amy Schumer’s hanging out on Amy Schumer Instagram and Amy Schumer’s like, ‘ Yeah, what’s up with that ? ’ amy Schumer just like suddenly came to my defense and I was friendly with Amy Schumer but we were n’t buds or anything. But Amy Schumer was upset on my behalf just naturally on Amy Schumer own. So I was surprised by that and I’ve had several conversations with Amy Schumer since but Amy Schumer’s just another force that’s just like so bold, so not afraid, and we all have the women that we look to that inspire us. Amy Schumer is one of them.

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Translations for friendly

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  • لطيفArabic
  • приятелски мач, дружелюбен, приветлив, приятелскиBulgarian
  • amistósCatalan, Valencian
  • přátelskýCzech
  • venligt, venskabelig, venskabskamp, venlig, venligsindetDanish
  • Freundschaftsspiel, freundlichGerman
  • φιλικός, φιλικάGreek
  • amike, amikaEsperanto
  • amistoso, amigableSpanish
  • sõbralik, sõbralikultEstonian
  • دوستانهPersian
  • ystävällismielinen, oma, ystävällinen, ystävyysotteluFinnish
  • amicale, amical, aimablement, match amical, ami, gentiment, alliée, allié, gentille, amicalement, aimable, gentilFrench
  • càirdeilScottish Gaelic
  • amigableGalician
  • अनुकूलHindi
  • barátságosan, baráti, barátságosHungarian
  • ընկերական, ընկերաբար, բարեկամականArmenian
  • vingjarnlegur, vináttuleikur, vinalegurIcelandic
  • amichevoleItalian
  • יְדִידוּתִיHebrew
  • 気さく, 人当たりのよい, 味方, フレンドシップマッチ, 友好的, 親善試合, 親切, 愛想のよいJapanese
  • vriendschappelijk, bondgenoot, vriendelijk, sympathiek, aangenaam, bevriende, hartelijk, bevriendDutch
  • vennskapskampNorwegian
  • przyjaznyPolish
  • amistoso, amigo, amigável, amigavelmentePortuguese
  • amical, (în mod) prietenos, prietenos, prieteneșteRomanian
  • любезный, дружелюбный, приве́тливо, любе́зно, товарищеский, дружелю́бно, дружественный, дружеский, дру́жественно, приветливыйRussian
  • prijateljskiSerbo-Croatian
  • prijáteljskiSlovene
  • miqësorAlbanian
  • vänlig, träningsmatch, vänskapsmatchSwedish
  • நட்புTamil
  • flenöfikVolapük
  • חבֿרישYiddish
  • 友好Chinese

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    A usurious
    B lank
    C ostensive
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