frenemy

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

Definition of frenemy

informal : a person who is or pretends to be a friend but who is also in some ways an enemy or rival In Hollywood, everyone has lots of frenemies, usually people who are doing comparatively well at any given moment.— Pete Clark In an awkward awards ceremony, Phil [Mickelson] and Tiger [Woods] stood on the 18th green together as frenemies. Phil held up the crystal trophy for the tournament title, while Tiger squirreled away a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup …— Selena Roberts

Examples of frenemy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robyn’s best frenemy Eve (a hilarious Lydia Wilson) comes across as a posh, feminist ballbuster yet harbors insecurities about her refusal to marry and start a family like a good upper-middle-class girl. Judy Berman, Time, 11 June 2021 The duo’s longstanding frenemy status (and the fact that both parties were present in the same room) made the night electric, especially in the middle of the battle when the cops paid a visit. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 3 June 2021 Even her neighbor/frenemy Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden), who's taken far more control of her destiny than Allison, is deeply depressed. Darren Franich, EW.com, 7 June 2021 In another popular video, @ellynmariemarsh appears on both ends of a phone conversation, playing Pfizer as a preening celebrity sipping bubbly from a flute while gabbing at her underrecognized frenemy Moderna. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, GameStop’s biggest frenemy, Vlad Tenev, the chief executive of stock-trading app Robinhood, is starting up a podcast called, cleverly, Under The Hood. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2021 The duo’s longstanding frenemy status (and the fact that both parties were present in the same room) made the night electric, especially in the middle of the battle when the cops paid a visit. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 7 Apr. 2021 Anthony Mackie has a tendency to be a bit stiff in this role whenever Sam’s not bantering with someone (whether Steve, Bucky, or occasionally Natasha), so pairing him with his best frenemy works wonders for that performance. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2021 Hannah's frenemy Mikayla (Selena Gomez) and on-again, off-again boyfriend Jake Ryan (Cody Linley) were both on the list. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of frenemy

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frenemy

blend of friend entry 1 and enemy

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The first known use of frenemy was in 1891

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22 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Frenemy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frenemy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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