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friendly

[frend-lee] /ˈfrɛnd li/
adjective, friendlier, friendliest.
1.
characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship:
a friendly greeting.
2.
like a friend; kind; helpful:
a little friendly advice.
3.
favorably disposed; inclined to approve, help, or support:
a friendly bank.
4.
not hostile or at variance; amicable:
a friendly warship; friendly natives.
5.
easy to use, operate, understand, etc. (usually used in combination): a consumer-friendly instruction manual;
a friendly food processor.
6.
able to coexist with something without harm or trouble (usually used in combination): environmentally friendly building materials;
a child-friendly restaurant.
adverb
7.
Also, friendlily. in a friendly manner; like a friend.
noun, plural friendlies.
8.
a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one's side; an ally or supporter.
Origin of friendly
900
before 900; Middle English frendly, Old English frēondlīc. See friend, -ly
Related forms
friendliness, noun
prefriendly, adjective
Synonyms
1. companionable, neighborly. 2. kindly, amiable, cordial, genial, affectionate, kind-hearted. 3. benevolent, well-disposed, helpful, favorable; advantageous, propitious.
Antonyms
3. antagonistic.
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  • The duke was persistent in his friendliness, and Courant had, to all intents and purposes, disappeared completely.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Persisting in my friendliness my questions slowly drew him out.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He had the reddest hair Val had ever seen—and the homeliest face—but his small-boy grin was friendliness itself.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
  • He nodded to the Seneschal with a friendliness that turned him sick with fright.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Now all was peace and reconciliation in the house, and they vied with one another in acts of friendliness.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for friendliness

friendly

/ˈfrɛndlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trust: a friendly smile
2.
on the same side; not hostile
3.
tending or disposed to help or support; favourable: a friendly breeze helped them escape
noun (pl) -lies
4.
(sport) Also called friendly match. a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc
Derived Forms
friendlily, adverb
friendliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for friendliness

friendly

adj.

Old English freondlic; see friend (n.) + -ly (1). Related: Friendlily; friendliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for friendliness

friendly

noun

  1. In wartime, a plane, ship, soldier, civilian, etc, of one's own side: Friendlies, sometimes used to designate townspeople who cooperate with the Americans (WWII armed forces)
  2. An exhibition game: Even if some current 18-year-old blossoms in the so-called friendlies, exhibition games (1980s+ Sports)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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