Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or befitting a friend: friendly advice.
  • adj. Favorably disposed; not antagonistic: a government friendly to our interests.
  • adj. Warm; comforting.
  • adj. User-friendly.
  • adj. Informal Easy to understand or use for a specified agent. Often used in combination: a reader-friendly novel; a consumer-friendly policy.
  • adv. In the manner of a friend; amicably.
  • n. Informal One fighting on or favorable to one's own side: "If I read this right, you're the only friendly we have there right now” ( Tom Clancy).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
  • adj. Inviting, characteristic of friendliness.
  • adj. Having an easy relationship with something, as in user-friendly etc.
  • adj. Without any hostility, as in friendly competition.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to friendlies (friendly noun sense 2, below). Also applied to other bipolar confrontations, such as team sports
  • adj. Being or relating to two or more natural numbers with a common abundancy.
  • adv. In a friendly manner, like a friend.
  • n. A game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.
  • n. Person or entity on the same side of a conflict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the temper and disposition of a friend; disposed to promote the good of another; kind; favorable.
  • adj. Appropriate to, or implying, friendship; befitting friends; amicable.
  • adj. Not hostile.
  • adj. Promoting the good of any person; favorable; propitious; serviceable.
  • adv. In the manner of friends; amicably; like friends.
  • n. A friendly person; -- usually applied to natives friendly to foreign settlers or invaders.
  • n. A member of one's own military forces, or of allied forces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a friend; disposed to confer benefits; kind.
  • Characteristic of or befitting a friend or friends; amicable; amiable: as, to be on friendly terms.
  • Not hostile; disposed to peace: as, a friendly power or state.
  • Favorable; propitious; salutary; conferring benefit: as, a friendly breeze or gale; rains friendly to ripening fruits.
  • Pertaining or belonging to the Society of Friends.
  • In the manner of friends; in the way of friendship; with friendship.
  • n. One who is friendly or acts as a friend; specifically, a native of a naturally hostile country who is not only not hostile, but who acts as a friend to a traveler, explorer, or the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. easy to understand or use
  • adj. of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally
  • adj. inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile
  • adj. characteristic of or befitting a friend
  • n. troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces

Etymologies

friend + -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Similar steps to friendly reviewer above, but not so friendly***

    Writing: Highs and Lows

  • The con is small and small-press friendly perhaps too friendly*, and generally put together.

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • Your big mental outlook should make you feel friendly toward him as your prospect, and you can make the approach of _courage that is friendly_.

    Certain Success

  • The phrase "friendly divorce" may strike some as an oxymoron, but it is increasingly a trend and a real possibility.

    The Divorce Generation

  • Helen stared up at me, her expression friendly but quizzical.

    SAFE HOUSE

  • "Does the term friendly neighborhood super hero mean anything to you?"

    The Sinister Six Combo

  • Wu said the Chinese government is committed to developing what he called friendly and cooperative relations with Pyongyang.

    S. Korean Spy Chief: N. Korea Likely to Attack Again

  • LOTHIAN: But Ahmadinejad essentially accused the president of interfering in Iran's affairs, then issued what he called friendly advice.

    CNN Transcript Jun 25, 2009

  • Meanwhile Intel chairman Andy Grove was walking the floor, in what he described as a friendly, inquisitive visit.

    Talking To The Internet

  • And he said that what he hopes is that the president listens to what he calls friendly voices, Republican voices, and that he does come to Congress and have a discussion, before, actually, continuing with his military strategy to send more troops to Iraq -- Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2007

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  • Noun. A blogger (or other "influencer" who works/writes on the web) with whom the speaker is "friendly," (adj.) or has a somewhat strong professional relationship. Plural: Friendlies.

    May 28, 2008