1 behaving in a kind/pleasant way
appear, be, look, seem, sound
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
exceptionally, genuinely

Frank was a genuinely friendly guy.


He seemed detached, but perfectly friendly.

overly, too

He was starting to get too friendly (= in a sexual way).


For once he seemed almost friendly.

not exactly, not particularly

Her manner was not exactly friendly

to, towards/toward

He was always friendly towards/toward me.

2 being friends
be, seem
become, get
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

They were pretty friendly when they worked together.


She's very friendly with Maureen.

be on friendly terms (with sb)

We have managed to remain on friendly terms.

3 easy to use/helpful/not harmful

environmentally friendly cleaning products

Friendly is used with these nouns: ↑atmosphere, ↑attitude, ↑banter, ↑chat, ↑competition, ↑confines, ↑conversation, ↑country, ↑disposition, ↑dog, ↑embrace, ↑environment, ↑face, ↑fashion, ↑fire, ↑fixture, ↑folk, ↑force, ↑gesture, ↑greeting, ↑grin, ↑guy, ↑hand, ↑hotel, ↑hug, ↑kiss, ↑letter, ↑manner, ↑match, ↑neighbour, ↑neighbourhood, ↑overture, ↑pat, ↑pub, ↑rapport, ↑reception, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑reminder, ↑rival, ↑rivalry, ↑service, ↑settlement, ↑shove, ↑slap, ↑smile, ↑territory, ↑tone, ↑troops, ↑voice, ↑waiter, waitress, ↑warning, ↑wave, ↑way, ↑welcome, ↑word

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