Definition of friendly in English:



  • 1Kind and pleasant.

    ‘they were friendly to me’
    ‘she gave me a friendly smile’
    • ‘He liked it and was really friendly to everyone.’
    • ‘I also want to add that the many lefties I live and work around in Madison are perfectly friendly to me.’
    • ‘‘Rolfe is very friendly to the musicians and singers while at the same time writing very good music,’ she concludes.’
    • ‘‘I love the city, first because Shanghainese are very friendly to me,’ he said.’
    • ‘Eddie was held in high esteem by the farming community and his pleasant friendly smile endeared him to all.’
    • ‘And he'd never been particularly friendly to me, and I didn't blame him.’
    • ‘My problem is with political correctness and being friendly to everyone.’
    • ‘All I'm doing is I'm trying to be friendly to you.’
    • ‘The mom wasn't too friendly to strangers, since she was a stray.’
    • ‘‘He told me never to be too big for your boots and always be friendly to everyone,’ she said.’
    • ‘Does it matter if we smile and are friendly to him?’
    • ‘Why was Alfred, a 69-year-old retired milkman who had gone out of his way to be friendly to his customers and anyone else he met, the chosen one?’
    • ‘‘It was difficult but enjoyable, and everyone was friendly to me,’ said Negar, who is now studying dentistry in London.’
    • ‘But then again, he had watched her in the classes they shared since the beginning of school and knew that she was easygoing and very friendly to everyone she met.’
    • ‘Fu said most villagers were very friendly to outsiders.’
    • ‘Emily is not particularly friendly to the perfectly nice woman her father brings to dinner.’
    • ‘She seemed very friendly to the airport staff and had a woman with her who looked like she should fall over from being too top heavy with nothing on the bottom to balance her out.’
    • ‘They do not only live in harmony but are equally friendly to visitors.’
    • ‘He smiled down at him, but it was not a friendly or pleasant smile.’
    • ‘In fact, I can even be friendly to him, because I know he's not a bad person, and we do have a lot in common.’
    affectionate, affable, amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, warm, demonstrative, convivial, companionable, company-loving, sociable, gregarious, outgoing, clubbable, comradely, neighbourly, hospitable, approachable, easy to get along with, accessible, communicative, open, unreserved, easy-going, good-natured, kindly, benign, amenable, agreeable, obliging, sympathetic, well disposed, benevolent
    amicable, congenial, cordial, pleasant, good-natured, easy, casual, informal, unceremonious, comradely, confidential, close, intimate, familiar
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    1. 1.1predicative (of a person) on good or affectionate terms.
      ‘I was friendly with one of the local farmers’
      • ‘Sam has chosen people that he is friendly with and that he can talk to.’
      • ‘I'm friendly with some dealers in African art, and I reconnect with my friends and family, who still live there.’
      • ‘She said her parents were friendly with Mr Flaherty's parents.’
      • ‘We're very friendly with each other and it's not going to affect anything between the people here.’
      • ‘They were always friendly with each other, and talked over the phone on a regular basis.’
      • ‘He was friendly with the Lindsays, Christopher Brennan and Kenneth Slessor.’
      • ‘The rest of them either attacked people we were friendly with or simply had the wrong ideology for our taste.’
      • ‘Paul is friendly with the Leivers family of Willey Farm, and a tenderness grows between him and the daughter Miriam, a soulful, shy girl.’
      • ‘And you have to have all of your own supplies, because unless you're friendly with the neighbors, there is no one around to borrow from.’
      • ‘She was fairly friendly with adults, and appeared to have had at least 1 litter of puppies already.’
      • ‘My father was friendly with the editor of the Irish Edition of the Sunday Express and he got me an interview with the head of McConnell's Agency in Dublin.’
      • ‘I was friendly with Robson for almost forty years and never doubted that he was a learned and gifted if not very productive critic.’
      • ‘Although I deal with people at all levels, I maintain a level head and a certain level of decorum even when I am very friendly with colleagues.’
      • ‘He was also friendly with many Catholic churchmen anxious to make belief in God intellectually respectable.’
      • ‘Later, he even taught Jessie Chambers, whose family he was friendly with, to speak French.’
      • ‘He was friendly with noncritical writers, but he always seemed to be feuding with somebody in the press.’
      • ‘Tauzin knows the business side of journalism well, and he is friendly with most of those who represent big media companies.’
      • ‘I was friendly with a guy named Bob Mitchell who lived at the end of Radnor Ave.’
      • ‘We are friendly with our neighbours, with people at work, and with the kids and parents at our son's school.’
      • ‘My wife was a journalist doing an article about Mel Brooks for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, and she was friendly with Yoko Ono.’
    2. 1.2 (of relations) not in conflict.
      ‘we want friendly relations with all countries’
      • ‘Indeed, war between states with contrasting political and economic systems may also be unthinkable because they have a history of friendly relations.’
      • ‘In fact, several other stories about friendly relations with Arabs emphasise that difficulties with Hebrew were not seen as an obstacle, but as a uniting factor.’
      • ‘‘In 2002 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of friendly relations between the two cities,’ he said.’
      • ‘Even if gaps remain, the two countries can still attempt to build up friendly relations while acknowledging their differences.’
      • ‘From my start in 1935 as assistant curator, I had made it a point to develop friendly relations with significant members of the wholesale gem trade.’
      • ‘Stewart and Campbell were men of status, who knew each other well, and for a time enjoyed friendly relations in spite of their clan and political differences.’
      • ‘Choi and Koizumi also agreed that Japan and South Korea will promote friendly relations ahead of the 2002 World Cup finals, which they will co-host.’
      • ‘Chimps and bonobos appear to place value on maintaining good relations, renewing friendly contact after a fight.’
      • ‘The agreement's stated purpose is to facilitate cultural exchanges and friendly relations between the ethnic groups.’
      • ‘The sister city relationship between Dingle and Santa Barbara will help strengthen mutual understanding and promote friendly relations between both towns.’
      • ‘There have been traditional friendly relations and economic cooperation between the two countries in the past.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the need to promote friendly relations with the other nations cannot be overemphasised.’
      • ‘Sometimes you have to lend a good part of your day to fostering friendly relations with those about you even if you'd rather be doing something else.’
      • ‘But officials were so keen to preserve friendly relations with Indonesia that they made it clear they would not oppose any annexation.’
      • ‘For both, the top priority was to maintain permanently friendly relations with Indonesia; no other issue was to be permitted to disrupt the relationship.’
      • ‘The maintenance of a balance of power on the continent and friendly relations with the other maritime nation, England, were considered priorities.’
      • ‘They subsequently became known to sealers and traders in sandalwood, who, however, established no friendly relations with the natives.’
      • ‘It has followed a policy of maintaining friendly relations with the North while strengthening economic ties with the South.’
      • ‘In many social mammals, the desire for friendly relations comes into conflict with the need to compete for resources, including mates.’
      • ‘It would seek to develop friendly relations amongst all nations’
      good-natured, cordial, civil, courteous, polite, easy, easy-going, neighbourly, brotherly, fraternal, harmonious, cooperative, civilized
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    3. 1.3 Not seriously or unpleasantly competitive or divisive.
      ‘friendly rivalry between the two schools’
      • ‘Anyone who lives in either Rosses Point or Strandhill knows that there was always a bit of friendly rivalry between the seaside villages down through the years.’
      • ‘He summed up the season as being competitive yet friendly and with the trio applying to join next year it was evident that the league continued to grow.’
      • ‘Rochdale's shopping bosses say the Christmas campaign is an example of friendly rivalry between the two towns.’
      • ‘Scotland can look forward to two decades of friendly goalkeeping rivalry from youngsters Craig Gordon and David Marshall, writes Douglas Alexander’
      • ‘She also had a great interest in current affairs and the friendly rivalry that went with the clashes of Mayo and Roscommon football.’
      • ‘The pair put their friendly rivalry behind them to help launch the 2002 National Children's Day Ribena Best Teacher in Ireland award.’
      • ‘This is a competition that creates friendly rivalry among the participants and the judging is anticipated with great enthusiasm.’
      • ‘This is a friendly but very competitive event where members compete with each other in Clay Shooting, Horseshoe Throwing, Pool and Darts.’
      • ‘You know, a friendly rivalry exists between the islands of the Caribbean, and this rivalry sometimes manifests itself in discussion of the relative size of the islands.’
      • ‘Cricket has become another form of diplomacy, and the rivalry is friendly and no longer bitter.’
      • ‘A friendly sibling rivalry that drives them to work a little bit harder and compete a little longer can only serve as a benefit to both the sisters and the team.’
      • ‘Foisy has set rules for the tournament set up to make it a friendly competitive event.’
      • ‘It's probably because that's where the kettle is, and you can get very dry having a friendly argument.’
      • ‘James is two behind Mullin, but the friendly rivalry is set to inspire the duo to bigger and better things for the rest of the season.’
      • ‘‘It's a competition that pitches towns right around the island into friendly rivalry,’ the Minister said.’
      • ‘Among this group, friendly rivalry gave rise to creative innovation, and most carvers refined their skills.’
      • ‘There's clearly a bit of friendly rivalry going on between Bolton DJ Sara Cox and her mate Zoe Ball.’
      • ‘There is friendly rivalry between the Americans and the Canadians today over the falls but it was not so in the past.’
      • ‘Mr Norton said: ‘We are expecting friendly rivalry but we are not serving alcohol so it is very much a family day.’’
      • ‘Whatever the game or size of the ball, sport has forever been at its best when a bitter, or even friendly, rivalry is at its heart.’
    4. 1.4 (of a game or match) not forming part of a serious competition.
      • ‘It also allows visiting cricketers to participate in friendly games.’
      • ‘In the pre-season there was a friendly game in Halifax.’
      • ‘He was due to play in a friendly game this weekend, but it was cancelled in his memory.’
      • ‘She was playing a friendly game with Anne Donaldson and Joan Foster.’
      • ‘Bradford came to Oxford for a friendly game of water polo on Saturday.’
      • ‘It's not a war, but a friendly game played between two teams.’
      • ‘It's only a friendly game and should be played in the correct spirit and allow everyone to enjoy and leave the venue without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘An interesting film to watch out for, ‘The Other Final’ won an award in 2003 and is about a friendly soccer match played in Thimpu.’
      • ‘Botswana yesterday marked 38 years of independence with a win over Zambia in an international friendly soccer match played in Gaborone.’
      • ‘Meanwhile a friendly game between Bucks and Danish side FC Copenhagen has been cancelled.’
      • ‘We have lined up a lot of friendly games that will help us pick only the best players to represent Zambia.’
      • ‘But, a couple of weeks into the pre-season, I started worrying because people were back training and playing friendly games.’
      • ‘He said the team was scheduled to play a friendly game against Kitwe United as part of the preparations.’
      • ‘The club would like to thank the Baltinglass lads who played a friendly soccer match recently.’
      • ‘Chulumanda said he has directed the director of sports to organise international friendly games following the aborted trip to China.’
      • ‘Monday morning I wandered down to the Sports Hall, having arranged with Caleb over the weekend to catch up and play a friendly game of badminton.’
      • ‘The Zambia soccer squad winds up its camping in South Africa with a friendly game against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg today.’
      • ‘A pre-season friendly football match takes place at 3pm.’
      • ‘A number of the top dogs in the mascot game are due at Boundary Park to play a friendly five-a-side match before the festive period - and an announcement of a picket is due soon after.’
      • ‘These would include a friendly football match between former Brazilian World Cup stars and F1 drivers, and a show of cars Senna drove during his career.’
  • 2in combination Denoting something that is adapted for or is not harmful to a specified thing.

    ‘an environment-friendly agronomic practice’
    ‘child-friendly policies’
  • 3Favourable or serviceable.

    ‘no one noticed her as she slipped out—it was a friendly night’
    • ‘At least, however, it is pretending to be friendly to business.’
    • ‘Despite all the efforts to make the internet more friendly to law enforcement, it remains something of a masked ball.’
    • ‘The idea sprang from the cost to convert the simulators to friendly lighting for night vision goggles.’
    • ‘Many democrats that received these funds to not have a voting record that is friendly to the membership.’
    • ‘The price on their menu is, of course, not friendly to local customers.’
    • ‘The society intends to connect the three activities of production, marketing and service to promote environmentally friendly ways.’
    • ‘The state courts and the legislature have also been friendly to the industry.’
    • ‘When they woke after midday, they would eat and talk quietly together, waiting for the friendly cover of night to fall before moving on.’
    • ‘Remember, he was considered more friendly to conservatives than liberals.’
    • ‘Since publishing isn't very friendly to the poor unsolicited manuscript I'm not seeing much alternative but to find a literary agent.’
    • ‘With help from the women's movement, the 1970s were friendly to the single woman.’
    favourable, advantageous, beneficial, benevolent, helpful, well disposed, good
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  • 4Military
    (of troops or equipment) of, belonging to, or allied with one's own forces.

    ‘the risk of blowing up friendly forces is minimized’
    • ‘In the case of air defense or offensive military equipment, waiting until friendly forces are engaged is too late to confirm disablement.’
    • ‘When a mechanized force enters an area with friendly infantry, both light and mechanized soldiers get a little apprehensive.’
    • ‘The main objective of air defense is to prevent casualties and losses among friendly forces from disabling air strikes.’
    • ‘Any piece of the urban landscape is subject to enemy reoccupation if it is left unoccupied or is not cordoned off by friendly forces.’
    • ‘Its initial purpose was to prevent Allied aircraft bombing friendly ground forces.’


  • A game or match that does not form part of a serious competition.

    ‘England will play two friendlies in Sardinia’
    • ‘England's next three games were friendlies, in which they beat France, Holland and Belgium.’
    • ‘Exhibition games are the NFL equivalent of football's meaningless pre-season friendlies.’
    • ‘Then it will be down to preparing for the new season and manager Neil Parsley hopes to line up some good pre-season friendlies.’
    • ‘Firstly, let them get the real feeling and the spirit of the game by playing friendlies.’
    • ‘The Ndola Wanderers coach advised the incoming coach to insist on friendlies before any major international games.’
    • ‘We were not allowed to play any pre-season friendlies so we have started well under very difficult circumstances.’
    • ‘Keegan confirmed that the Blues would be honouring promises made to lower division clubs over pre-season friendlies.’
    • ‘He has promised to familiarise himself with the Academy and sort out pre-season friendlies as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘I'd like to start on real football rather than pointless friendlies.’
    • ‘The club will train every Wednesday during pre-season and will play friendlies every Sunday and will be trialing new players in every game.’
    • ‘The club won't play any friendlies because it has largely kept last year's squad together.’
    • ‘Crooks has a few questions he will be looking to answer in the three pre-season friendlies, when everybody in the squad will get a game.’
    • ‘He is, however, quick to point out the ones losing the friendlies are normally those who go on to enjoy a successful season when the action heats up.’
    • ‘Two of the other local sides are in action in low-key friendlies but their respective managers realise the importance of the games.’
    • ‘The pre-season friendlies cannot be finalised either until City have some kind of guarantee over the long term.’
    • ‘The last three friendlies I have been playing in central midfield and just in front of the back four and trying to get the ball and bring it out of defence.’
    • ‘The club is looking for match sponsors for their friendlies.’
    • ‘Although this would never happen in a tournament it happens when again those dreaded friendlies are taking place.’
    • ‘They are bound to have different takes on the action but they were in unison when admitting that it was one of their best friendlies of the pre-season.’
    • ‘Exactly how much knowledge can be gleaned from international friendlies in the modern age is a matter of great debate.’