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/ frɛnd /


verb (used with object)

Rare. to befriend.
to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social media website: I just friended a couple of guys in my class.

Idioms for friend

    make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.

Origin of friend

First recorded before 900; Middle English friend, frend, Old English frēond “friend, lover, relative” (cognate with Old Saxon friund, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Gothic frijōnds), originally the present participle of frēogan, cognate with Gothic frijōn “to love”

synonym study for friend

1. See acquaintance.

historical usage of friend

Friend and fiend have identical formations: They are both in origin present participles used as nouns, Old English frēond (also frīend ) for friend, and fēond (also fīend ) for fiend. The two nouns even occur together in Old English alliterative verse: Se fēond and se frēond “the fiend and the friend.”
Frēond “friend, close acquaintance” has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian friūnd, Old Dutch friunt, Old High German friunt, German Freund, Gothic frijonds. Frēond comes from the Old English verb frēogan (also frēon ) “to love, free, set free,” and is a derivative of the Germanic root fri-, frī- (and suffixed form frija- ), which is also the source of English free (the progression of senses is “beloved,” then “one of the loved ones,” then “one not a slave, free”).
Old English fēond originally meant “enemy, foe” (and so was the opposite of friend ), and especially in Old English poetry, “Satan, the Devil” (in Beowulf the devil is referred to as fēond moncynnes “the enemy of mankind”). Fēond has many cognates in Germanic: Old Frisian fiand, Dutch vijand, German Feind, all meaning “enemy.” Fēond comes from the Old English verb fēogan “to hate,” from a Germanic root fī - (from a very complicated Proto-Indo-European root pē-, pēi-, pī- “to hurt, harm”).
Etymologically speaking, then, friend and fiend are acquaintances, and not relatives.


friend·less, adjective friend·less·ness, noun non·friend, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for friendless (1 of 3)

Friend 1
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a member of the Religious Society of Friends; Quaker

British Dictionary definitions for friendless (2 of 3)

Friend 2
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trademark mountaineering a device consisting of a shaft with double-headed spring-loaded cams that can be wedged in a crack to provide an anchor point

British Dictionary definitions for friendless (3 of 3)

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(tr) an archaic word for befriend

Derived forms of friend

friendless, adjective friendlessness, noun friendship, noun

Word Origin for friend

Old English frēond; related to Old Saxon friund, Old Norse frǣndi, Gothic frijōnds, Old High German friunt

Idioms and Phrases with friendless