Dictionary: FRI'AR-LIKE – FRIEND

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Like a friar; monastic; unskilled in the world. Knolles.


Like a friar; untaught in the affairs of life. Bacon.


A plant, a species of Arum, with a flower resembling a cowl. Johnson. Fam. of Plants.


The ignis fatuus. Milton.

FRI'AR-Y, a.

Like a friar; pertaining to friars. Camden.

FRI'AR-Y, n.

A monastery; a convent of friars. Dugdale.


The act of crumbling.

FRIB'BLE, a. [L. frivolus, Fr. frivole, from rubbing; from rub, if b is radical, or from frico, if the b represents a palatal letter. If b is radical, the word accords with Dan. rips, trifles, frivolousness.]

Frivolous; trifling; silly. Brit. Crit.


A frivolous, trilling, contemptible fellow.

FRIB'BLE, v.i.

To trifle; also, to totter. Tatler.


A trifler. Spectator.

FRI'BORG, n. [free and burg.]

The same as frankpledge. Cowel.

FRIC'ACE, n. [See Fricassee.]

Meat sliced and dressed with strong sauce: also, an unguent prepared by frying things together. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

FRIC-AS-SEE', n. [Fr.; It. frigasea; Sp. fricasea; Port. fricassé; from Fr. fricasser, to fry, It. friggere, Port. frigir, Sp. freir, L. frigo.]

A dish of food made by cutting chickens, rabbits or other small animals into pieces, and dressing them in a frying-pan, or a like utensil. King.

FRIC-AS-SEE', v.t.

To dress in fricassee.


Dressed in fricassee.


Dressing in fricassee.

FRI-CA'TION, n. [L. fricatio, from frico, to rub.]

The act of rubbing; friction. [Little used.] Bacon.

FRIC'TION, n. [L. frictio; Fr. friction; from L. frico, to rub, It. fregare, Sp. fricar.]

  1. The act of rubbing the surface of one body against that of another; attrition. Many bodies by friction emit light, and friction generates or evolves heat.
  2. In mechanics, the effect of rubbing, or the resistance which a moving body meets with from the surface on which it moves. Encyc.
  3. In medicine, the rubbing of the body with the hand, of with a brush, flannel, &c.; or the rubbing of a diseased part with oil, unguent or other medicament. Encyc.


Having no friction.

FRI'DAY, n. [Sax. frig-dæg; G. freitag; D. vrydag; from Frigga, the Venus of the north; D. vrouw, G. frau, Ir. frag, a woman.]

The sixth day of the week, formerly consecrated to Frigga.

FRIDGE, v.t. [Sax. frician.]

To move hastily. [Not in use.] Hallywell.


FRI'ED, pp.

Dressed in a frying-pan; heated; agitated.

FRIEND, n. [frend; Sax. freond, the participle of freon, to free, to love, contracted from frigan, to free; G. freund; D. vriend; Dan. frende; Sw. frände. We see the radical sense is to free; hence, to be ready, willing, or cheerful joyous, and allied perhaps to frolick.]

  1. One who is attached to another by affection; one who entertains for another sentiments of esteem, respect and affection, which lead him to desire his company, and to seek to promote his happiness and prosperity; opposed to foe or enemy. A friend loveth at all times. Prov. xvii. There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Prov. xviii.
  2. One not hostile; opposed to an enemy in war. Shak.
  3. One reconciled after enmity. Let us be friends again.
  4. An attendant; a companion. Dryden.
  5. A favorer; one who is propitious; as, a friend to commerce; a friend to poetry; a friend to charitable institutions.
  6. A favorite. Hushai was David's friend.
  7. A term of salutation; a familiar compellation. Friend, how camest thou In hither? Matth. xxii. So Christ calls Judas his friend, though a traitor. Matth. xxvi.
  8. Formerly, a paramour.
  9. A friend at court, one who has sufficient interest to serve another. Chaucer.