Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

friendly - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective friendly pronunciation in American English /ˈfren(d)li/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    someone who is friendly is always pleasant and helpful toward other people
    I enjoy working there, everyone is so friendly.
    He will be remembered as a kind, friendly person.
    friendly toward/to: The local people went out of their way to be friendly toward us.
    1. a.
      used about peoples behavior
      a friendly smile/manner/welcome: The receptionist greeted us with a friendly smile.
      Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      used about places and situations
      There’s a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club.
      It’s not a very friendly city.
      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    if you are friendly with someone, you are their friend
    Janet and I used to be very friendly (=friends with each other).
    friendly with: Doctors shouldn’t get too friendly with their patients.
    on friendly terms: We parted on friendly terms.
  3. 3
    a friendly country or government has a good relationship with your country and is not your enemy
    To the Allies, Switzerland was a friendly neutral country.
    The new country hopes to establish friendly relations with all its neighbors.

derived word


noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog