• "Balancing the bag on his friend's head."
    "Balancing the bag on his friend's head."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj friendly characteristic of or befitting a friend "friendly advice","a friendly neighborhood","the only friendly person here","a friendly host and hostess"
    • adj friendly of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally "in friendly territory","he was accidentally killed by friendly fire"
    • adj friendly easy to understand or use "user-friendly computers","a consumer-friendly policy","a reader-friendly novel"
    • adj friendly inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile "a government friendly to our interests","an amicable agreement"
    • n friendly troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces "friendlies came to their rescue"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The friends' picnic is spoiled by the rain The friends' picnic is spoiled by the rain
We are friends. Wichita We are friends. Wichita
Friend. Hidatsa Friend. Hidatsa
Mabel's three bosom Friends Mabel's three bosom Friends
All His Friends Were Invited All His Friends Were Invited
A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some of the titles that were considered for the hit T.V. show "Friends" were Six Of One, Across the Hall, and Insomnia Cafe
    • Friendly Appropriate to, or implying, friendship; befitting friends; amicable. "In friendly relations with his moderate opponents."
    • Friendly Having the temper and disposition of a friend; disposed to promote the good of another; kind; favorable.
    • adv Friendly In the manner of friends; amicably; like friends. "In whom all graces that can perfect beauty
      Are friendly met."
    • Friendly Not hostile; as, a friendly power or state.
    • Friendly Promoting the good of any person; favorable; propitious; serviceable; as, a friendly breeze or gale. "On the first friendly bank he throws him down."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The stage were the television sitcom "Friends" is shot on is said to be haunted
    • friendly Like a friend; disposed to confer benefits; kind.
    • friendly Characteristic of or befitting a friend or friends; amicable; amiable: as, to be on friendly terms.
    • friendly Not hostile; disposed to peace: as, a friendly power or state.
    • friendly Favorable; propitious; salutary; conferring benefit: as, a friendly breeze or gale; rains friendly to ripening fruits.
    • friendly Pertaining or belonging to the Society of Friends.
    • friendly In the manner of friends; in the way of friendship; with friendship.
    • n friendly 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Gates began his business career at the age of 14 by forming a company called Traf-O-Data with some friends of his.
    • adj Friendly like a friend: having the disposition of a friend: favourable: pertaining to the Friends or Quakers
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “If you have one true friend you have more than your share.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A good friend is my nearest relation.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The good man is the friend of all living things.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.”


Fairweather friend - A fairweather friend is the type who is always there when times are good but forgets about you when things get difficult or problems crop up.
Friendly footing - When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
Man's best friend - This is an idiomatic term for dogs.
Old friends and old wine are best - This idiom means that the things and people that we know well are better than the unfamiliar.
With friends like that, who needs enemies? - This expression is used when people behave badly or treat someone badly that they are supposed to be friends with.
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family - Some things you can choose, but others you cannot, so you have to try to make the best of what you have where you have no choice.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. freéndlīce,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fréond, pr.p. of fréon, to love; Ger. freund.


In literature:

A friend of Dona Maria is a friend of Antonio.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
Harry, I have no friend that I trust but you, but to you I cannot tell it.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
He was usher in a school taught by his life-long friend, Judge Yates.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Well, now, let me speak to you as a friend; sure, 't is n't wine you'd be thinking of?
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The girls waited for their friend to rise to the surface.
"Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
O tell me I yet have a friend, Though a friend I am never to see.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Friends were more than friends, and strangers were friends.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My friend, is this Dushyanta, friend of Indra?
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
This is a room which was occupied by a charming Polish lady, Madame Wolsky, who was a friend of M'sieur's friend, Madame Bailey.
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
I receive letters from all quarters, some from known friends, some from those who write like friends, on various subjects.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson

In poetry:

Friends, my dear friends, do you know
That Springtime's April is gone,
And lovely May with all its show,
Has nature's spring coat on?
"Fleeting Spring" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Faithful friend beyond the main,
Friend that time nor change makes cold;
Now, like ghosts, return again
Pallid, perished days of old.
"Araluen" by Henry Kendall
For he too was a friend to me:
Both are my friends, and my true breast
Bleedeth for both: yet it may be
That only silence suiteth best.
"To J. S." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
I loved my friends with all my might,
My foes I hated just as strong,
My friends were always in the right,
My foes forever in the wrong.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
What tho' nor friends nor kindred dear,
To grace his obsequies, attend?
His comrades are his brothers here,
And ev'ry hero is his friend!
"The Muffled Drum" by John Mayne
In those fresh green friendly forests
Full of strange and secret sound,
Let me live alone and happy,
For with them a friend I’ve found.
"Trees" by R S Ward

In news:

The free outdoor summer movie program of family-friendly fare continues at dusk Saturday with " Casper ," the 1995 movie about the friendly ghost.
My husband and I enjoy meeting new people, friends of friends and fellow attendees at various events.
United Feature Syndicate, Inc. My husband and I enjoy meeting new people, friends of friends and fellow attendees at various events.
Federal prosecutors say a former Wells Fargo Securities investment banker, his stockbroker friend, and a network of friends and family cashed in on insider information to make $11 million.
There's an old saying, 'there's no friends like old friends' and I believe this to be a true statement.
Meet new friends, or bring friends with you who want to play.
I thought "Arlene" was a close friend until I heard that she and another "friend" had arranged a trip to the theater.
A Friend Who Sucks Complimenting a friend who sucks is like complimenting an ugly date.
Unlike previous examples that relied on social connections — friends of friends of friends — this connection is through cousins matched within a genetic database of over 150,000 people.
There was a moment at the State Department's daily briefing Wednesday when spokeswoman Victoria Nuland referred to the "Friends of Syria" group as "Friends of the Syrian People".
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Federal prosecutors say a former Wells Fargo Securities investment banker, his stockbroker friend, and a network of friends and family cashed in on insider information to make $11 million.
Throughout the election season, and especially last week, most of us saw Facebook posts from our friends that were less than friendly.
Printer Friendly Version Send to a Friend "Sticks and stones may break my bones" is an old adage that has new meaning for Sgt Kathryn Burke, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
I am all about my friends… well… my friend.
Printer Friendly Version Send to a Friend Pakistani intelligence officials say at least four people have been killed in a suspected US drone strike in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan.

In science:

We present and characterize two directed networktypes emerging from two different local time-evolutions called friendly and hostile merging.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
Ostrovsky ”Good Friends Settle Things.” [Svoi ljudi - sochtemsja.] Dependence of the inverted rank on the frequency.
Negative dimension in general and asymptotic topology
Before the paper had appeared, a user-friendly expository article of Makowsky [Mw85a] represent, give background and explain the easy parts of the paper and the author have corrected and replaced some proofs and added mainly §6.
Abstract elementary classes near aleph_1
P.B. Wieber, "On the Stability of Walking Systems", Proceedings of the International Workshop on Humanoid and Human Friendly Robotics, 2002.
Integration of a Balanced Virtual Manikin in a Virtual Reality Platform aimed at Virtual Prototyping
Sakhnenko for his friendly support and to S.
Construction of the discrete breathers and a simple physical interpretation of their existence