Most Helpful Girl
I sometimes use friend as a de facto for people I like but have no other term for. I am now holding back in using it is I am vaguely interested to not send the wrong signals. Even though is is a good default word.
I think it is meaningless or meaningful depending on the person
Most Helpful Guy
I was in the same boat kinda. After a falling out, she reached out to me 2-3 months later and said "we're friends". No way in hell we were, friends dont go missing for 2-3 months, especially not after the falling out we had. Nonetheless, I wasted 8 months chasing her, only to get blocked in the end. Take it from me, stop dealing with her right now because you'll only end up hurting yourself.