Definition of friendly in English:

friendly

adjective

  • 1Kind and pleasant.

    ‘they were friendly to me’
    ‘she gave me a friendly smile’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does it matter if we smile and are friendly to him?’
    • ‘He smiled down at him, but it was not a friendly or pleasant smile.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Emily is not particularly friendly to the perfectly nice woman her father brings to dinner.’
    • ‘‘It was difficult but enjoyable, and everyone was friendly to me,’ said Negar, who is now studying dentistry in London.’
    • ‘They do not only live in harmony but are equally friendly to visitors.’
    • ‘‘I love the city, first because Shanghainese are very friendly to me,’ he said.’
    • ‘The mom wasn't too friendly to strangers, since she was a stray.’
    • ‘‘Rolfe is very friendly to the musicians and singers while at the same time writing very good music,’ she concludes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘He told me never to be too big for your boots and always be friendly to everyone,’ she said.’
    • ‘Eddie was held in high esteem by the farming community and his pleasant friendly smile endeared him to all.’
    • ‘I also want to add that the many lefties I live and work around in Madison are perfectly friendly to me.’
    • ‘Fu said most villagers were very friendly to outsiders.’
    • ‘All I'm doing is I'm trying to be friendly to you.’
    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. 1.1[predicative](of a person) on good or affectionate terms.
      ‘I was friendly with one of the local farmers’
      • ‘She said her parents were friendly with Mr Flaherty's parents.’
      • ‘The rest of them either attacked people we were friendly with or simply had the wrong ideology for our taste.’
      • ‘They were always friendly with each other, and talked over the phone on a regular basis.’
      • ‘We're very friendly with each other and it's not going to affect anything between the people here.’
      • ‘Paul is friendly with the Leivers family of Willey Farm, and a tenderness grows between him and the daughter Miriam, a soulful, shy girl.’
      • ‘Later, he even taught Jessie Chambers, whose family he was friendly with, to speak French.’
      • ‘I was friendly with a guy named Bob Mitchell who lived at the end of Radnor Ave.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was friendly with Robson for almost forty years and never doubted that he was a learned and gifted if not very productive critic.’
      • ‘She was fairly friendly with adults, and appeared to have had at least 1 litter of puppies already.’
      • ‘He was also friendly with many Catholic churchmen anxious to make belief in God intellectually respectable.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Tauzin knows the business side of journalism well, and he is friendly with most of those who represent big media companies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sam has chosen people that he is friendly with and that he can talk to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was friendly with noncritical writers, but he always seemed to be feuding with somebody in the press.’
    2. 1.2(of relations) not in conflict.
      ‘we want friendly relations with all countries’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The maintenance of a balance of power on the continent and friendly relations with the other maritime nation, England, were considered priorities.’
      • ‘The sister city relationship between Dingle and Santa Barbara will help strengthen mutual understanding and promote friendly relations between both towns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In many social mammals, the desire for friendly relations comes into conflict with the need to compete for resources, including mates.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has followed a policy of maintaining friendly relations with the North while strengthening economic ties with the South.’
      • ‘They subsequently became known to sealers and traders in sandalwood, who, however, established no friendly relations with the natives.’
      • ‘Indeed, war between states with contrasting political and economic systems may also be unthinkable because they have a history of friendly relations.’
      • ‘Chimps and bonobos appear to place value on maintaining good relations, renewing friendly contact after a fight.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the need to promote friendly relations with the other nations cannot be overemphasised.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There have been traditional friendly relations and economic cooperation between the two countries in the past.’
    3. 1.3Not seriously competitive or divisive.
      ‘friendly rivalry between the two schools’
      • ‘The pair put their friendly rivalry behind them to help launch the 2002 National Children's Day Ribena Best Teacher in Ireland award.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Scotland can look forward to two decades of friendly goalkeeping rivalry from youngsters Craig Gordon and David Marshall, writes Douglas Alexander’
      • ‘Mr Norton said: ‘We are expecting friendly rivalry but we are not serving alcohol so it is very much a family day.’’
      • ‘There's clearly a bit of friendly rivalry going on between Bolton DJ Sara Cox and her mate Zoe Ball.’
      • ‘Foisy has set rules for the tournament set up to make it a friendly competitive event.’
      • ‘There is friendly rivalry between the Americans and the Canadians today over the falls but it was not so in the past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's probably because that's where the kettle is, and you can get very dry having a friendly argument.’
      • ‘Rochdale's shopping bosses say the Christmas campaign is an example of friendly rivalry between the two towns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cricket has become another form of diplomacy, and the rivalry is friendly and no longer bitter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 competition that creates friendly rivalry among the participants and the judging is anticipated with great enthusiasm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4British (of a game or match) not forming part of a serious competition.
      • ‘But, a couple of weeks into the pre-season, I started worrying because people were back training and playing friendly games.’
      • ‘Meanwhile a friendly game between Bucks and Danish side FC Copenhagen has been cancelled.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A pre-season friendly football match takes place at 3pm.’
      • ‘She was playing a friendly game with Anne Donaldson and Joan Foster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's not a war, but a friendly game played between two teams.’
      • ‘Botswana yesterday marked 38 years of independence with a win over Zambia in an international friendly soccer match played in Gaborone.’
      • ‘Bradford came to Oxford for a friendly game of water polo on Saturday.’
      • ‘It also allows visiting cricketers to participate in friendly games.’
      • ‘We have lined up a lot of friendly games that will help us pick only the best players to represent Zambia.’
      • ‘The club would like to thank the Baltinglass lads who played a friendly soccer match recently.’
      • ‘The Zambia soccer squad winds up its camping in South Africa with a friendly game against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg today.’
      • ‘Chulumanda said he has directed the director of sports to organise international friendly games following the aborted trip to China.’
      • ‘He said the team was scheduled to play a friendly game against Kitwe United as part of the preparations.’
  • 2[in 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 price on their menu is, of course, not friendly to local customers.’
    • ‘With help from the women's movement, the 1970s were friendly to the single woman.’
    • ‘Since publishing isn't very friendly to the poor unsolicited manuscript I'm not seeing much alternative but to find a literary agent.’
    • ‘Remember, he was considered more friendly to conservatives than liberals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they woke after midday, they would eat and talk quietly together, waiting for the friendly cover of night to fall before moving on.’
    • ‘Many democrats that received these funds to not have a voting record that is friendly to the membership.’
    • ‘At least, however, it is pretending to be friendly to business.’
    • ‘The state courts and the legislature have also been friendly to the industry.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘The main objective of air defense is to prevent casualties and losses among friendly forces from disabling air strikes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When a mechanized force enters an area with friendly infantry, both light and mechanized soldiers get a little apprehensive.’
    • ‘Any piece of the urban landscape is subject to enemy reoccupation if it is left unoccupied or is not cordoned off by friendly forces.’

noun

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

    ‘England will play two friendlies in Sardinia’
    • ‘The Ndola Wanderers coach advised the incoming coach to insist on friendlies before any major international games.’
    • ‘Although this would never happen in a tournament it happens when again those dreaded friendlies are taking place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firstly, let them get the real feeling and the spirit of the game by playing friendlies.’
    • ‘The pre-season friendlies cannot be finalised either until City have some kind of guarantee over the long term.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exactly how much knowledge can be gleaned from international friendlies in the modern age is a matter of great debate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has promised to familiarise himself with the Academy and sort out pre-season friendlies as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘The club is looking for match sponsors for their friendlies.’
    • ‘Two of the other local sides are in action in low-key friendlies but their respective managers realise the importance of the games.’
    • ‘Exhibition games are the NFL equivalent of football's meaningless pre-season friendlies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd like to start on real football rather than pointless friendlies.’
    • ‘The club won't play any friendlies because it has largely kept last year's squad together.’
    • ‘England's next three games were friendlies, in which they beat France, Holland and Belgium.’
    • ‘The club will train every Wednesday during pre-season and will play friendlies every Sunday and will be trialing new players in every game.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

friendly

/ˈfrɛn(d)li/