fren·​e·​my | \ˈfre-nə-mē \
plural frenemies

Definition of frenemy 

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

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In Chapter 1, Kate Reddy is awakened at 2 a.m. by daughter Emily, who Snapchatted to a frenemy a photo of the tan line on her pert young butt, which quickly goes viral. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'How Hard Can It Be?' by Allison Pearson," 9 June 2018 Irving surprises with a wicked sense of humor and zen soulfulness as aging playground legend Uncle Drew, and Shaquille O'Neal is hilarious as his frenemy, kung fu master Big Fella. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Your ultimate Fourth of July movie guide: A suggestion for every holiday scenario," 29 June 2018 But seeing his longtime frenemy so content in his stable relationship stirred up plenty of emotions for Ronnie, who found himself reflecting on his rocky relationship with Jen — and the larger picture of his troubled love life. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Jersey Shore's Ronnie Breaks Down Over Failed Relationships: 'I Have to Re-Evaluate My Life'," 14 June 2018 Unlike a number of his peers, including one frenemy who shall remain nameless, Jay-Z has never been quick to call himself a fashion designer. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "First Rihanna, Now Jay-Z: What Will the Rapper Bring to Puma?," 19 June 2018 This week, half a dozen Senate Republicans, led by Trump frenemy Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), are pushing legislation that would give Congress the power to stop Trump's tariffs. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Republicans broke with Trump a lot more than usual this week," 8 June 2018 In chapter one, Kate Reddy is awakened at 2 a.m. by daughter Emily, who Snapchatted to a frenemy a photo of the tan line on her pert young butt, which quickly goes viral. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "'How Hard Can It Be?' Just ask Kate, who's turning 50 in hilarious, timely new novel," 4 June 2018 Ahead of her first Reputation Stadium Tour show, Taylor Swift received a surprising gift from a fellow star — longtime frenemy Katy Perry. Melody Chiu,, "'Deeply Sorry' Katy Perry Sends Olive Branch and Sweet Letter to Taylor Swift Ahead of Tour," 8 May 2018 Then there’s Donald Glover, king of all media, who takes on the role of Lando, Han’s old frenemy, and offers a take on the character that suggests so much of his effortless cool is bluster and balderdash. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "5 things to know about Solo: A Star Wars Story," 15 May 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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