Friend & Friendship Vocabulary

Friend & Friendship Vocabulary

“Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.”

Christie Brinkley, an American model, actress and businesswoman

Think about your friend. How would you describe him/her and your friendship? Would you say that birds of a feather flock together (people with the same characteristics or tastes tend to spend time together)? Or would you rather argue that extremes meet (complete opposites often become good friends)?

This article will teach you some useful friend and friendship vocabulary. It will also look at proverbs that might come in handy.

What makes a good friend? 

To my mind, a good friend is someone you can count on (rely on, depend on), someone who will stand by you (help and support you) when the going gets tough (in difficult situations).

“My friend is someone who brings out the best in me (makes me behave in the best way possible).” (H.Ford)

Mary is my best friend. She’s a great laugh (she is fun to be with). When I’m down (sad), she always cheers me up (makes me feel happier/less sad).

A true friend will put up with your faults (accept your faults).

“I get by (manage to live/survive) with a little help from my friends.” (J.Lennon and P.McCartney)

“A true friend is one who overlooks your failures (doesn’t notice your failures) and tolerates your success.” (D.Larson)

A good friend is someone who is there (by your side) when you need them, someone who’ll get behind (support/help you) you and won’t let you down (disappoint you).

A good friend is someone you relate to (able to understand the way they feel/think) – someone who shares your interests and sense of humor.

A good friend is someone who livens (lvən) up the party (make the party more exciting).

We hope that you are lucky to have a close/bosom (bʊzəm)/intimate/faithful friend or friends, your friendship is truly deep/firm/warm, and you are as thick as thieves (very close). How do you form/establish a lasting/long-standing/lifelong friendship? What friendships do you try to cultivate? And what can spoil/destroy/wreck friendships? People might give many different answers to these questions. But let’s look at the English proverbs below. They are words of wisdom, and so they can help us find answers to the eternal philosophical questions.


  1. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  2. A friend’s eye is a good mirror / there is no better looking-glass than an old friend.
  3. A man is known by the company he keeps.
  4. Better an open enemy than a false friend / false friends are worse than bitter enemies.
  5. Familiarity breeds contempt (extensive knowledge of or close association with someone or something leads to a loss of respect for them or it).
  6. Rick folk (people) have many friends.
  7. The rich knows not who is his friend.
  8. It’s good to have some friends both in heaven and hell.
  9. Little intermeddling (interfering in something that is not one’s concern) makes good friends.
  10. Long absence and guilt can change a friend.
  11. Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.
  12. A friend to all is a friend to none.
  13. A dog is a man’s best friend.
  14. Lend your money and lose your friend.


“Friends will be Friends” by Queen 

See the lyrics here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • red letter day – a day that is pleasantly noteworthy or memorable
  • to create (British, informal) – to make a fuss / to complain
  • the other half – one’s wife, husband, or partner
  • lumber (British) – articles of furniture or other household items that are no longer useful and inconveniently take up storage space
  • to be through with sth. – done / finished

“Anytime you Need a Friend” by Mariah Carey

See the lyrics here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • To close in – to gradually surround, especially with the effect of hindering movement or vision
  • To diminish  – it becomes reduced in size, importance, or intensity


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