Veteran vs Friendly - What's the difference?

veteran | friendly |

As nouns the difference between veteran and friendly

is that veteran is veteran while friendly is (sports) a game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.

As an adjective friendly is

generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.

As an adverb friendly is

in a friendly manner, like a friend.



(en noun)
  • A person with long experience of a particular activity.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Engineers of a different kind , passage=Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers.
  • A person who has served in the armed forces, especially an old soldier who has seen long service.
  • Derived terms

    * Veterans Day


  • Having had long experience, practice, or service.
  • * Macaulay
  • The insinuating eloquence and delicate flattery of veteran diplomatists and courtiers.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=4 citation , passage=Nothing could be more business-like than the construction of the stout dams, and nothing more gently rural than the limpid lakes, with the grand old forest trees marshalled round their margins like a veteran army that had marched down to drink, only to be stricken motionless at the water’s edge.}}
  • Of or relating to former members of the military armed forces, especially those who served during wartime.
  • Anagrams

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  • Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
  • Your cat seems very friendly .
  • *
  • They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups. The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits.
  • Inviting, characteristic of friendliness.
  • He gave a friendly smile.
  • Having an easy relationship with something, as in user-friendly etc.
  • Without any hostility.
  • a friendly competition
    a friendly power or state
  • * (1800-1859)
  • in friendly relations with his moderate opponents
  • Promoting the good of any person; favourable; propitious.
  • a friendly breeze or gale
  • * (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • On the first friendly bank he throws him down.
  • (military) Of or pertaining to friendlies (friendly noun sense 2, below). Also applied to other bipolar confrontations, such as team sports
  • The soldier was killed by friendly fire.
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  • (number theory) Being or relating to two or more natural numbers with a common abundancy.
  • friendly''' numbers;  '''friendly''' pairs;  '''friendly n-tuples


    * unfriendly * hostile

    Derived terms

    * family friendly * friendliness * friendly fire * Friendly Islands * radio-friendly * user-friendly


    (en adverb)
  • In a friendly manner, like a friend.
  • * 1646 , (Thomas Browne), Pseudodoxia Epidemica :
  • And we cannot doubt, our Brothers in Physick [...] will friendly accept, if not countenance our endeavours.


    * amicably, friendlily


  • (sports) A game which is of no consequence in terms of ranking, betting etc.
  • ''Even as friendlies , derbies often arouse strong emotions
  • A person or entity on the same side of a conflict.
  • * 2008 , Dennis Wengert, A Very Healthy Insanity (page 44)
  • You see, the mission of almost every teenage girl on the loose is to first identify the targets, just like a war. These include the primary objective (the boy), the enemy (other girls), the friendlies (sympathetic girl friends and the boy's family), and unfriendlies (other boys).