What does friendly mean?

Definitions for friendly
ˈfrɛnd lifriend·ly

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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  

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. Kathy Fishbough:

    If administration can’t tell the difference between a friendly, ‘How are you doing?’ hug and an inappropriate hug, then I think we have a big problem.

  2. Olivia Eissagholian:

    I think we started looking at our lawn that was something that wasn't environmentally friendly, that wasn't cost friendly anymore, i think it's awesome.

  3. Bruno Le Maire:

    We will be ready to respond firmly with our European partners, a friendly resolution to the Boeing/Airbus dispute is the best solution, and all the more so given that Europe could impose sanctions on the United States next year.

  4. Little Oak Sanctuary:

    We are heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, wise, friendly soul. Chris is known as the world record holder for having grown the heaviest fleece on record, he was so much more than this, so very much more, and we will remember him for all that he was - someone, not something.

  5. Charles M. Schwab:

    Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.

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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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