Definition of friendly in English:



  • 1Kind and pleasant.

    ‘they were friendly to me’
    ‘she gave me a friendly smile’
    • ‘My problem is with political correctness and being friendly to everyone.’
    • ‘Does it matter if we smile and are friendly to him?’
    • ‘Fu said most villagers were very friendly to outsiders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Emily is not particularly friendly to the perfectly nice woman her father brings to dinner.’
    • ‘He smiled down at him, but it was not a friendly or pleasant smile.’
    • ‘And he'd never been particularly friendly to me, and I didn't blame him.’
    • ‘Eddie was held in high esteem by the farming community and his pleasant friendly smile endeared him to all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He liked it and was really friendly to everyone.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘It was difficult but enjoyable, and everyone was friendly to me,’ said Negar, who is now studying dentistry in London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I love the city, first because Shanghainese are very friendly to me,’ he said.’
    • ‘They do not only live in harmony but are equally friendly to visitors.’
    • ‘I also want to add that the many lefties I live and work around in Madison are perfectly friendly to me.’
    • ‘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. 1.1predicative (of a person) on good or affectionate terms.
      ‘I was friendly with one of the local farmers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My wife was a journalist doing an article about Mel Brooks for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, and she was friendly with Yoko Ono.’
      • ‘He was friendly with noncritical writers, but he always seemed to be feuding with somebody in the press.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She said her parents were friendly with Mr Flaherty's parents.’
      • ‘They were always friendly with each other, and talked over the phone on a regular basis.’
      • ‘I was friendly with a guy named Bob Mitchell who lived at the end of Radnor Ave.’
      • ‘We're very friendly with each other and it's not going to affect anything between the people here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Later, he even taught Jessie Chambers, whose family he was friendly with, to speak French.’
      • ‘We are friendly with our neighbours, with people at work, and with the kids and parents at our son's school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was also friendly with many Catholic churchmen anxious to make belief in God intellectually respectable.’
      • ‘I'm friendly with some dealers in African art, and I reconnect with my friends and family, who still live there.’
      • ‘Sam has chosen people that he is friendly with and that he can talk to.’
      • ‘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 friendly with the Lindsays, Christopher Brennan and Kenneth Slessor.’
      • ‘Tauzin knows the business side of journalism well, and he is friendly with most of those who represent big media companies.’
    2. 1.2 (of a contest) not seriously or unpleasantly competitive or divisive.
      ‘friendly rivalry between the two schools’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 probably because that's where the kettle is, and you can get very dry having a friendly argument.’
      • ‘‘It's a competition that pitches towns right around the island into friendly rivalry,’ the Minister said.’
      • ‘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 competition that creates friendly rivalry among the participants and the judging is anticipated with great enthusiasm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a friendly but very competitive event where members compete with each other in Clay Shooting, Horseshoe Throwing, Pool and Darts.’
      • ‘There's clearly a bit of friendly rivalry going on between Bolton DJ Sara Cox and her mate Zoe Ball.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cricket has become another form of diplomacy, and the rivalry is friendly and no longer bitter.’
      • ‘Foisy has set rules for the tournament set up to make it a friendly competitive event.’
      • ‘She also had a great interest in current affairs and the friendly rivalry that went with the clashes of Mayo and Roscommon football.’
    3. 1.3 (of a match) not affecting a team's league standings.
      • ‘In the meantime, the team will participate in friendly matches as a means of exposing the players to more competitive play.’
      • ‘In one instance, several players were seen returning to their hotel drunk before a friendly match with a young Argentine team.’
      • ‘The senior team would play friendly matches against Tanzania from May 26 to 28 and would take on Kenya from July 1 to 4.’
      • ‘The Shanghai team still pays a visit to Hong Kong every year to play several friendly matches against local teams there.’
      • ‘The team was recently taken to the Seychelles in order to practice against another national team in a friendly match.’
    4. 1.4in combination Denoting something that is adapted for or is not harmful to a specified thing.
      ‘an environment-friendly agronomic practice’
    5. 1.5 Favorable or serviceable.
      ‘trees providing a friendly stage on which seedlings begin to grow’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When they woke after midday, they would eat and talk quietly together, waiting for the friendly cover of night to fall before moving on.’
      • ‘The price on their menu is, of course, not friendly to local customers.’
      • ‘Despite all the efforts to make the internet more friendly to law enforcement, it remains something of a masked ball.’
      • ‘Remember, he was considered more friendly to conservatives than liberals.’
      • ‘At least, however, it is pretending to be friendly to business.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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    6. 1.6Military (of troops or equipment) of, belonging to, or in alliance with one's own forces.
      • ‘The main objective of air defense is to prevent casualties and losses among friendly forces from disabling air strikes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


  • In a friendly manner.