friend / unfriend (verb)

Discussion in 'Dictionary Additions' started by samanthalee, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. samanthalee

    samanthalee Senior Member

    Mandarin, English - [Singapore]
    Term: friend

    Your definition or explanation:
    1. Adding someone into your list of friends in social networking websites.
    2. To be friends with someone.

    1. I've friended him on Facebook.
    2. Reports came that the King would friend Lauderdale. [1676 William Row The Life of Mr. R. B. (Continuation), ch. 12 (1848) 434]
    Note: definition 2 may be obscure in present day English, but is very much alive in Singlish.

    One or more places you have seen the term:
    "Before promiscuous friending turns into a full-blown crisis..." -

    Have you looked for this term or meaning in dictionaries, and not found it?
    Yes: didn't find it in English dictionaries.
    No: found it in a Singlish dictionary.
  2. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Can we add "unfriend" here, as well?
  3. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    Unfriend is actually in the OED:
    That is the entire entry for it, though, and obviously it means something totally different there.

    So, for that matter, is friend [vb.], though all the definitions are marked as obsolete or archaic or worse.
  4. Paulfromitaly

    Paulfromitaly MODerator

    Brescia (Italy)
    To friend and to unfriend go hand in hand on every social network :)
  5. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    Yes, you can't really have the one without the other. (Title changed to reflect this:))
  6. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Good Lord! "Unfriend" is 17th century. My gob has been thoroughly smacked.
  7. CanuckPete Member

    Toronto, Canada
    English - Canada
    De-friend (or defriend) is a verb and more appropriate when describing the action of removing someone from your list of friends. Unfriend doesn't sound right. It sounds more like a noun.
  8. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Can you provide examples of these in use, or is this a statement of personal preference for how you believe things ought to be in the strange world of social networking?
  9. genine

    genine Senior Member

    Houston, Texas
    U.S. English & Mexican Spanish
  10. panjandrum

    panjandrum Quondam Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Under the heading "Dictionary word of the year", this CNN site tells us:
    "It has both currency and potential longevity," said Christine Lindberg, a language researcher for Oxford's U.S. dictionary program. "In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year."
  11. genine

    genine Senior Member

    Houston, Texas
    U.S. English & Mexican Spanish
    Panjamdrum, Thanks for the clarification. Did what I say help, or did it have nothing to do with this thread? I'm not exactly sure I understood what the question is here...
  12. mnolan90 Member

    Salamanca, Spain
    English - Ireland
    "defriend" sounds better to me than "unfriend"!
    what about "befriend" - have we forgotten about this word?
  13. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Please note which forum this thread is in:
  14. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    English - US
    Actually the article you linked to is very helpful. :thumbsup:

    It gives another citation for "unfriend", and also provides a citation that supports CanuckPete's suggestion, "defriend".

    This is exactly the kind of thing we always want, but next time please include the relevant material in the post itself. ;)
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2010
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