AskDefine | Define friendly

Dictionary Definition

friendly adj
1 characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess" [ant: unfriendly]
2 favorably disposed; not antagonistic or hostile; "a government friendly to our interests"; "an amicable agreement"
3 easy to understand or use; "user-friendly computers"; "a consumer-friendly policy"; "a reader-friendly novel" [ant: unfriendly]
4 of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally; "in friendly territory"; "he was accidentally killed by friendly fire" [ant: hostile] [also: friendliest, friendlier]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA /fr'εndli/


  1. Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
  2. Inviting, characteristic of friendliness.
    He gave a friendly smile.
    a Having an easy relationship with something, as in user-friendly etc.
    b Without any relationship based on negativity, as in friendly competition.
  3. Of or pertaining to friendlies (friendly noun sense 2, below).
    ''The soldier was killed by friendly fire.



warm, approachable
  • Czech: přátelský
  • Finnish: ystävällinen
  • French: amical, amicale, aimable, gentil, gentille
  • German: freundlich
  • Hungarian: barátságos
  • Japanese: 親切な, 愛想のよい, 人当たりのよい,
  • Polish: przyjazny , przyjazna , przyjazne
  • Romanian: prietenos
  • Swedish: vänlig
characteristic of friendliness
  • Esperanto: amika
  • Finnish: ystävällinen
  • French: amical, amicale, aimable, gentil, gentille
  • German: freundlich
  • Japanese: 気さくな, 友好的な
  • Polish: przyjazny , przyjazna , przyjazne
  • Swedish: vänlig
military sense


  1. In a friendly manner, like a friend.



in a friendly manner
  • Armenian: ընկերաբար
  • Esperanto: amike
  • Finnish: ystävällinen
  • French: amicalement, aimablement, gentiment
  • German: freundlich
  • Hungarian: barátságosan
  • Japanese 友好的に, 気さくに
  • Romanian: prieteneşte


  1. A game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.
  2. In the context of "military|lang=en": Someone of the same side of a conflict.


(sports) game
someone of the same side
  • Finnish: oma
  • Japanese: 味方
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Extensive Definition

Friendly means behaving in a kind way to someone, as a friend would behave. The opposite is unfriendly.
It is also the name of:
It can also mean:
As a noun, it also refers to a non-competitive sporting fixture.
friendly in Dutch: Friendly
friendly in Polish: Friendly
friendly in Volapük: Friendly

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