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FRIENDLY (friendlier, friendliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does friendly mean? 

FRIENDLY (noun)
  The noun FRIENDLY has 1 sense:

1. troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces

  Familiarity information: FRIENDLY used as a noun is very rare.


FRIENDLY (adjective)
  The adjective FRIENDLY has 4 senses:

1. characteristic of or befitting a friend
2. favorably disposed; not antagonistic or hostile
3. easy to understand or use
4. of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

  Familiarity information: FRIENDLY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FRIENDLY (noun)


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Meaning:

Troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

friendlies came to their rescue

Hypernyms ("friendly" is a kind of...):

military personnel; soldiery; troops (soldiers collectively)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Antonym:

hostile (troops belonging to the enemy's military forces)


FRIENDLY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of or befitting a friend

Context examples:

friendly advice / a friendly neighborhood / the only friendly person here / a friendly host and hostess

Similar:

social (marked by friendly companionship with others)

neighborly; neighbourly (exhibiting the qualities expected in a friendly neighbor)

favorable; well-disposed (favorably disposed; not antagonistic)

cozy; informal; intimate (having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere)

couthie; couthy ((chiefly Scottish) agreeable and genial)

comradely; hail-fellow; hail-fellow-well-met (heartily friendly and congenial)

companionate (like a companion)

chummy; matey; pally; palsy-walsy ((used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals)

affable; amiable; cordial; genial (diffusing warmth and friendliness)

Also:

warm (psychologically warm; friendly and responsive)

sociable (inclined to or conducive to companionship with others)

social (living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups)

amicable (characterized by friendship and good will)

hospitable (disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity)

gracious (characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit)

congenial (suitable to your needs or similar to your nature)

Attribute:

friendliness (a friendly disposition)

Antonym:

unfriendly (not disposed to friendship or friendliness)


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Meaning:

Favorably disposed; not antagonistic or hostile

Context examples:

a government friendly to our interests / an amicable agreement

Similar:

amicable (characterized by friendship and good will)


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Meaning:

Easy to understand or use

Context examples:

user-friendly computers / a consumer-friendly policy / a reader-friendly novel

Domain usage:

combining form (a bound form used only in compounds)

Antonym:

unfriendly (not easy to understand or use)


Sense 4friendly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

Context examples:

in friendly territory / he was accidentally killed by friendly fire

Antonym:

hostile (not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally)


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