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friend (n.)

古英语 freond “一个人通过个人关注和偏好的感情而附着在另一个人身上,” 来自于原日耳曼语 *frijōjands “情人, 朋友” (也是古北欧语 frændi, 古丹麦语 frynt, 古弗里斯兰语 friund, 荷兰语 vriend, 中高德语 friunt, 德语 Freund, 哥特语 frijonds “朋友” 的来源), 来自于PIE *priy-ont-, “爱的”, 根 *pri- “爱” 的现在分词形式.

意为“一个贵格会成员” (Society of Friends) 来自1670年代. Feond (“fiend”, 原为“敌人” )和 freond 在古英语中常被搭配成连词; 两者都是阳性代理名词, 由动词的现在分词衍生而来, 但它们之间没有直接关系(见 fiend). 相关链接: Friends.

Origin and meaning of friend

friend (v.)

在Facebook的意义上, 从2005年开始证明, 从名词开始. Friend 偶尔在英语中被用作动词, 自13世纪以来(“成为朋友” ), 尽管更常见的动词是“加入友谊, 作为朋友” befriend. 相关词: Friended; friending. 古英语有 freonsped “丰富的朋友” (见 speed (n.) ); freondleast “想要朋友”; freondspedig “丰富的朋友”.

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Definitions of friend from WordNet
1
friend (n.)
a person you know well and regard with affection and trust;
he was my best friend at the university
friend (n.)
an associate who provides cooperation or assistance;
Synonyms: ally
friend (n.)
a person with whom you are acquainted;
we are friends of the family
Synonyms: acquaintance
friend (n.)
a person who backs a politician or a team etc.;
they are friends of the library
2
Friend (n.)
a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers);
Synonyms: Quaker
From wordnet.princeton.edu