Definition of friendly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrɛn(d)li/

adjective (friendlier, friendliest)

1Kind and pleasant: they were friendly to me she gave me a friendly smile
More example sentences
  • Does it matter if we smile and are friendly to him?
  • They do not only live in harmony but are equally friendly to visitors.
  • Eddie was held in high esteem by the farming community and his pleasant friendly smile endeared him to all.
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;
Scottish  couthy
informal chummy, pally, clubby
British informal matey, decent
North American informal buddy-buddy
rare conversable
amicable, congenial, cordial, pleasant, good-natured, easy, casual, informal, unceremonious, comradely, confidential, close, intimate, familiar;
peaceable, peaceful, conciliatory, harmonious, non-hostile
1.1 [predicative] (Of a person) on good or affectionate terms: I was friendly with one of the local farmers
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  • We are friendly with our neighbours, with people at work, and with the kids and parents at our son's school.
  • 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.
  • Sam has chosen people that he is friendly with and that he can talk to.
1.2(Of relations) not in conflict: we want friendly relations with all countries
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  • Chimps and bonobos appear to place value on maintaining good relations, renewing friendly contact after a fight.
  • In many social mammals, the desire for friendly relations comes into conflict with the need to compete for resources, including mates.
  • 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.
1.3Not seriously competitive or divisive: friendly rivalry between the two schools
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  • 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.
  • ‘It's a competition that pitches towns right around the island into friendly rivalry,’ the Minister said.
  • This is a competition that creates friendly rivalry among the participants and the judging is anticipated with great enthusiasm.
1.4British (Of a game or match) not forming part of a serious competition.
Example sentences
  • Bradford came to Oxford for a friendly game of water polo on Saturday.
  • Botswana yesterday marked 38 years of independence with a win over Zambia in an international friendly soccer match played in Gaborone.
  • Chulumanda said he has directed the director of sports to organise international friendly games following the aborted trip to China.
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
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  • 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 idea sprang from the cost to convert the simulators to friendly lighting for night vision goggles.
  • 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;
lucky, providential
4 Military (Of troops or equipment) of, belonging to, or allied with one’s own forces: the risk of blowing up friendly forces is minimized
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  • Its initial purpose was to prevent Allied aircraft bombing friendly ground forces.
  • When a mechanized force enters an area with friendly infantry, both light and mechanized soldiers get a little apprehensive.
  • In the case of air defense or offensive military equipment, waiting until friendly forces are engaged is too late to confirm disablement.

noun (plural friendlies)

A game or match that does not form part of a serious competition: England will play two friendlies in Sardinia
More example sentences
  • Firstly, let them get the real feeling and the spirit of the game by playing friendlies.
  • We were not allowed to play any pre-season friendlies so we have started well under very difficult circumstances.
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • Aaron was jogging towards them, smiling friendlily, totally ignoring Gio's instant glares.
  • Instead of screaming him, which he probably expected me to do, I calmly and friendlily gave him a small smile.
  • Dave finishes, friendlily clapping Will on the shoulder.

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