fren·​e·​my | \ ˈfre-nə-mē How to pronounce frenemy (audio) \
plural frenemies

Definition of frenemy

: one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy

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The news comes on the heels of the declaration of peace earlier this week between Swift and her on-again, off-again frenemy, Katy Perry. Randy Lewis,, "Taylor Swift announces new ‘Lover’ album coming Aug. 23," 13 June 2019 Desperate to uncover the identity of Archie’s secret girlfriend, Betty and Veronica work with their frenemy Cheryl Blossom to stage Riverdale’s very own version of The Bachelor, with Archie as the man to win (and petunias instead of roses). Christian Holub,, "Archie and Sabrina's romance creates drama in new comic preview," 11 June 2019 The entire three-and-a-half-minute video is essentially a nonstop cameo parade, featuring celebrities from music, reality TV, Instagram, and everywhere else — and including Swift’s old frenemy Katy Perry. Constance Grady, Vox, "An annotated guide to Taylor Swift’s star-studded “You Need to Calm Down” video," 17 June 2019 Still, Blake is mourning the loss of his longtime coworker and professional frenemy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's What Blake Shelton Thinks About Adam Levine Leaving 'The Voice'," 25 May 2019 Of course, many viewers will miss watching his frenemy relationship with Blake Shelton. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Is Leaving After 16 Seasons," 24 May 2019 Interesting, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, former frenemy of Hannah and herself one of the finalists for The Bachelorette, is also betting on Luke to win it all. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Wins the Bachelorette and Hannah Brown's Heart? Here's Everything We Know," 8 Apr. 2019 That tension comes through in his frenemy inscriptions. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Issue One: Would you wear a suit that once belonged to John McLaughlin?," 4 June 2018 Her sister-in-law and frenemy in court, Grand Duchess Pavlovna, aka Miechen, epitomizes the aristocracy and provides the perfect foil for Maria – until her son Nicholas, a weak and eventually ineffective tsar, weds the German princess Alix of Hesse. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Empress Maria heads juicy Russian cast in historical novel about the Romanovs," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of frenemy

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frenemy

blend of friend and enemy

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