- IPA: /fɹɛnd/
- Rhymes: -ɛnd
- A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection .
- A boyfriend or girlfriend .
- An associate who provides assistance .
- A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
- A person who backs or supports something .
- ( informal ) An object or idea that can be used for good .
- ( colloquial, sarcastic, used only in the vocative ) Used as a form of address when warning someone .
- ( computing, programming ) In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.
- 1991, Tom Swan, Learning C++
- 2001, Stephen Prata, C++ primer plus
- 2008, D S Malik, C++ Programming: From Problem Analysis to Program Design
- ( person whose company one enjoys ): bud ( US, Canada ), buddy ( US, Canada ), chum ( UK ), mate ( UK ), pal, crony, amigo, bro
- ( boyfriend or girlfriend ): boyfriend, girlfriend, lover
- ( person with whom you are acquainted ): acquaintance
- ( person who provides assistance ): ally
- ( person who backs something ): admirer, booster, champion, protagonist, supporter
- ( form of address used in warning someone ): buster, mate ( UK ), pal, buddy
- See also Wikisaurus:friend
- a friend in need is a friend indeed
- best friend
- bosom friend
- boy friend
- circle of friends
- fair-weather friend
- false friend
- friend of Bill W .
- friend of mine
- friend of ours
- friend with benefits
- ( obsolete ) To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
- To add a person to a list of friends on one's social networking site; to officially designate ( someone ) as a friend.
- 2006, David Fono and Kate Raynes-Goldie, "Hyperfriendship and Beyond: Friends and Social Norms on LiveJournal" ( PDF version ), Internet Research Annual Volume 4, Peter Lang, ISBN 0820478571, page 99,
- 2006, Kevin Farnham and Dale G. Farnham, Myspace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens And Parents, How-To Primers, ISBN 0977883353, page 69,
From Middle English frend, freond, from Old English frēond ( “friend, relative, lover”, literally “loving-[one]” ), from Proto-Germanic *frijōndz ( “lover, friend” ), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- ( “to like, love” ). Cognate with West Frisian freon, froen, freondinne ( “friend” ), Dutch vriend ( “friend” ), Low German frund, fründ ( “friend, relative” ), German Freund ( “friend” ), Danish frænde ( “kinsman” ), Swedish frände ( “kinsman, relative” ), Icelandic frændi ( “kinsman” ), Gothic ( frijōnds, “friend” ). More at free .
Explanation of friend by Wordnet Dictionary
- Friend ( frĕnd ), n. [OE. frend, freond, AS. freónd, prop. p. pr. of freón, freógan, to love; akin to D. vriend friend, OS. friund friend, friohan to love, OHG. friunt friend, G. freund, Icel. frændi kinsman, Sw. frände. Goth. frijōnds friend, frijōn to love. √83. See Free, and cf. Fiend.]
1. One who entertains for another such sentiments of esteem, respect, and affection that he seeks his society and welfare; a wellwisher; an intimate associate; sometimes, an attendant.
Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. Dryden.
A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Prov. xviii. 24.
2. One not inimical or hostile; one not a foe or enemy; also, one of the same nation, party, kin, etc., whose friendly feelings may be assumed. The word is some times used as a term of friendly address.
Friend, how camest thou in hither? Matt. xxii. 12.
3. One who looks propitiously on a cause, an institution, a project, and the like; a favorer; a promoter; as, “a friend to commerce, to poetry, to an institution”.
4. One of a religious sect characterized by disuse of outward rites and an ordained ministry, by simplicity of dress and speech, and esp. by opposition to war and a desire to live at peace with all men. They are popularly called Quakers.
America was first visited by Friends in 1656. T. Chase.
5. A paramour of either sex. [Obs.] Shak.
A friend at court or A friend in court, one disposed to act as a friend in a place of special opportunity or influence. -- To be friends with, to have friendly relations with. “He's . . . friends with Cæsar.” Shak. -- To make friends with, to become reconciled to or on friendly terms with. “Having now made friends with the Athenians.” Jowett ( Thucyd. ).
- Friend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Friended; p. pr. & vb. n. Friending.] To act as the friend of; to favor; to countenance; to befriend. [Obs.]
Fortune friends the bold. Spenser.
Definition of friend by GCIDE Dictionary