• IPA: /ˈfɹɛndli/, /ˈfɹɛnli/

friendly (comparative friendlier, superlative friendliest)

  1. Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
    Your cat seems very friendly.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗:
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups. The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits.
  2. Inviting, characteristic of friendliness.
    He gave a friendly smile.
  3. Having an easy or accepting relationship with something.
    a user-friendly software program
    a dog-friendly café
    the use of environmentally friendly packaging
  4. Without any hostility.
    a friendly competition
    a friendly power or state
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 2, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  5. Promoting the good of any person; favourable; propitious.
    a friendly breeze or gale
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 1, scene 4]:
      On the first friendly bank he throws him down.
  6. (military) Of or pertaining to friendlies (friendly noun sense 2, below). Also applied to other bipolar confrontations, such as team sports
    The soldier was killed by friendly fire.
  7. (number theory) Being or relating to two or more natural numbers with a common abundancy.
    friendly numbers;  friendly pairs;  friendly n-tuples
  8. (in compounds) Not damaging to, or compatible with (the compounded noun)
    The cobbled streets aren't very bike-friendly.
    Organic farms only use soil-friendly fertilisers.
    Our sandwiches are made with dolphin-friendly tuna.
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  • Portuguese: amistoso
  • Russian: дру́жественный
Translations Noun

friendly (plural friendlies)

  1. (sports) A game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.
    This match is merely a friendly, so don't worry too much about it.
  2. A person or entity on the same side in a conflict.
    • These were speedily routed by the friendlies, who attacked the small force before them in fine style.
Translations Adverb


  1. (archaic) In a friendly manner, like a friend.
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