Definition of friendly in English:



  • 1Kind and pleasant.

    ‘they were friendly to me’
    ‘she gave me a friendly smile’
    • ‘Does it matter if we smile and are friendly to him?’
    • ‘All I'm doing is I'm trying to be friendly to you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eddie was held in high esteem by the farming community and his pleasant friendly smile endeared him to all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He liked it and was really friendly to everyone.’
    • ‘Fu said most villagers were very friendly to outsiders.’
    • ‘‘Rolfe is very friendly to the musicians and singers while at the same time writing very good music,’ she concludes.’
    • ‘My problem is with political correctness and being friendly to everyone.’
    • ‘And he'd never been particularly friendly to me, and I didn't blame him.’
    • ‘‘It was difficult but enjoyable, and everyone was friendly to me,’ said Negar, who is now studying dentistry in London.’
    • ‘Emily is not particularly friendly to the perfectly nice woman her father brings to dinner.’
    • ‘I also want to add that the many lefties I live and work around in Madison are perfectly friendly to me.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘He told me never to be too big for your boots and always be friendly to everyone,’ she said.’
    • ‘They do not only live in harmony but are equally friendly to visitors.’
    • ‘The mom wasn't too friendly to strangers, since she was a stray.’
    • ‘He smiled down at him, but it was not a friendly or pleasant smile.’
    • ‘‘I love the city, first because Shanghainese are very friendly to me,’ he said.’
    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’
      • ‘Paul is friendly with the Leivers family of Willey Farm, and a tenderness grows between him and the daughter Miriam, a soulful, shy girl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My wife was a journalist doing an article about Mel Brooks for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, and she was friendly with Yoko Ono.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was also friendly with many Catholic churchmen anxious to make belief in God intellectually respectable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tauzin knows the business side of journalism well, and he is friendly with most of those who represent big media companies.’
      • ‘Sam has chosen people that he is friendly with and that he can talk to.’
      • ‘She said her parents were friendly with Mr Flaherty's parents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was fairly friendly with adults, and appeared to have had at least 1 litter of puppies already.’
      • ‘He was friendly with noncritical writers, but he always seemed to be feuding with somebody in the press.’
      • ‘I was friendly with Robson for almost forty years and never doubted that he was a learned and gifted if not very productive critic.’
      • ‘He was friendly with the Lindsays, Christopher Brennan and Kenneth Slessor.’
      • ‘I'm friendly with some dealers in African art, and I reconnect with my friends and family, who still live there.’
      • ‘Later, he even taught Jessie Chambers, whose family he was friendly with, to speak French.’
      • ‘The rest of them either attacked people we were friendly with or simply had the wrong ideology for our taste.’
    2. 1.2 (of relations) not in conflict.
      ‘we want friendly relations with all countries’
      • ‘The sister city relationship between Dingle and Santa Barbara will help strengthen mutual understanding and promote friendly relations between both towns.’
      • ‘Even if gaps remain, the two countries can still attempt to build up friendly relations while acknowledging their differences.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the need to promote friendly relations with the other nations cannot be overemphasised.’
      • ‘Indeed, war between states with contrasting political and economic systems may also be unthinkable because they have a history of friendly relations.’
      • ‘It has followed a policy of maintaining friendly relations with the North while strengthening economic ties with the South.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There have been traditional friendly relations and economic cooperation between the two countries in the past.’
      • ‘‘In 2002 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of friendly relations between the two cities,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chimps and bonobos appear to place value on maintaining good relations, renewing friendly contact after a fight.’
      • ‘It would seek to develop friendly relations amongst all nations’
      • ‘The agreement's stated purpose is to facilitate cultural exchanges and friendly relations between the ethnic groups.’
      • ‘They subsequently became known to sealers and traders in sandalwood, who, however, established no friendly relations with the natives.’
      • ‘But officials were so keen to preserve friendly relations with Indonesia that they made it clear they would not oppose any annexation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The maintenance of a balance of power on the continent and friendly relations with the other maritime nation, England, were considered priorities.’
      • ‘For both, the top priority was to maintain permanently friendly relations with Indonesia; no other issue was to be permitted to disrupt the relationship.’
      • ‘In many social mammals, the desire for friendly relations comes into conflict with the need to compete for resources, including mates.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It's a competition that pitches towns right around the island into friendly rivalry,’ the Minister said.’
      • ‘Mr Norton said: ‘We are expecting friendly rivalry but we are not serving alcohol so it is very much a family day.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is friendly rivalry between the Americans and the Canadians today over the falls but it was not so in the past.’
      • ‘It's probably because that's where the kettle is, and you can get very dry having a friendly argument.’
      • ‘She also had a great interest in current affairs and the friendly rivalry that went with the clashes of Mayo and Roscommon football.’
      • ‘This is a friendly but very competitive event where members compete with each other in Clay Shooting, Horseshoe Throwing, Pool and Darts.’
      • ‘Cricket has become another form of diplomacy, and the rivalry is friendly and no longer bitter.’
      • ‘Scotland can look forward to two decades of friendly goalkeeping rivalry from youngsters Craig Gordon and David Marshall, writes Douglas Alexander’
      • ‘Among this group, friendly rivalry gave rise to creative innovation, and most carvers refined their skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Foisy has set rules for the tournament set up to make it a friendly competitive event.’
      • ‘This is a competition that creates friendly rivalry among the participants and the judging is anticipated with great enthusiasm.’
      • ‘The pair put their friendly rivalry behind them to help launch the 2002 National Children's Day Ribena Best Teacher in Ireland award.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rochdale's shopping bosses say the Christmas campaign is an example of friendly rivalry between the two towns.’
      • ‘There's clearly a bit of friendly rivalry going on between Bolton DJ Sara Cox and her mate Zoe Ball.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4 (of a game or match) not forming part of a serious competition.
      • ‘It's not a war, but a friendly game played between two teams.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, a couple of weeks into the pre-season, I started worrying because people were back training and playing friendly games.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A pre-season friendly football match takes place at 3pm.’
      • ‘The Zambia soccer squad winds up its camping in South Africa with a friendly game against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg today.’
      • ‘She was playing a friendly game with Anne Donaldson and Joan Foster.’
      • ‘We have lined up a lot of friendly games that will help us pick only the best players to represent Zambia.’
      • ‘He was due to play in a friendly game this weekend, but it was cancelled in his memory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the pre-season there was a friendly game in Halifax.’
      • ‘Bradford came to Oxford for a friendly game of water polo on Saturday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chulumanda said he has directed the director of sports to organise international friendly games following the aborted trip to China.’
      • ‘It also allows visiting cricketers to participate in friendly games.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘The idea sprang from the cost to convert the simulators to friendly lighting for night vision goggles.’
    • ‘Despite all the efforts to make the internet more friendly to law enforcement, it remains something of a masked ball.’
    • ‘The price on their menu is, of course, not friendly to local customers.’
    • ‘Since publishing isn't very friendly to the poor unsolicited manuscript I'm not seeing much alternative but to find a literary agent.’
    • ‘The state courts and the legislature have also been friendly to the industry.’
    • ‘At least, however, it is pretending to be friendly to business.’
    • ‘Many democrats that received these funds to not have a voting record that is friendly to the membership.’
    • ‘With help from the women's movement, the 1970s were friendly to the single woman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The society intends to connect the three activities of production, marketing and service to promote environmentally friendly ways.’
    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’
    • ‘Any piece of the urban landscape is subject to enemy reoccupation if it is left unoccupied or is not cordoned off by friendly forces.’
    • ‘When a mechanized force enters an area with friendly infantry, both light and mechanized soldiers get a little apprehensive.’
    • ‘Its initial purpose was to prevent Allied aircraft bombing friendly ground forces.’
    • ‘In the case of air defense or offensive military equipment, waiting until friendly forces are engaged is too late to confirm disablement.’
    • ‘The main objective of air defense is to prevent casualties and losses among friendly forces from disabling air strikes.’


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

    ‘England will play two friendlies in Sardinia’
    • ‘Firstly, let them get the real feeling and the spirit of the game by playing friendlies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then it will be down to preparing for the new season and manager Neil Parsley hopes to line up some good pre-season friendlies.’
    • ‘We were not allowed to play any pre-season friendlies so we have started well under very difficult circumstances.’
    • ‘Although this would never happen in a tournament it happens when again those dreaded friendlies are taking place.’
    • ‘The Ndola Wanderers coach advised the incoming coach to insist on friendlies before any major international games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pre-season friendlies cannot be finalised either until City have some kind of guarantee over the long term.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two of the other local sides are in action in low-key friendlies but their respective managers realise the importance of the games.’
    • ‘The club is looking for match sponsors for their friendlies.’
    • ‘The club won't play any friendlies because it has largely kept last year's squad together.’
    • ‘He has promised to familiarise himself with the Academy and sort out pre-season friendlies as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Exactly how much knowledge can be gleaned from international friendlies in the modern age is a matter of great debate.’
    • ‘Keegan confirmed that the Blues would be honouring promises made to lower division clubs over pre-season friendlies.’
    • ‘I'd like to start on real football rather than pointless friendlies.’