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

Examples of frenemy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s where Abbott differs with Dan Patrick, his bombastic frenemy in the lieutenant governor’s office. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Abbott put politics before science, and Texas is paying the price," 26 June 2020 Like many of you, the internet is my closest frenemy. Gabrielle Moss,, "We’re All Dopamine Fasting Now," 15 May 2020 With no more nemeses to take down on the political front, Chuck is turning his sights back on his old frenemy, and Prince might just be the key to his plan. Anne Cohen,, "Billions Is Getting Some Very Sexy Additions To Its Cast This Season," 4 May 2020 But a winged, vampire-like frenemy could be the difference between a rhino roaming scot-free and being surrounded by danger. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Rhinos pay a painful price for oxpecker protection," 16 Apr. 2020 Season two ended with the MI6 agent metaphorically going back into the closet, rejecting the electric chemistry between her and her assassin frenemy. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season 3 Walks a Familiar Road, But With New Hazards," 7 Apr. 2020 Plus, according to her Instagram story, she's even been approached by The Bachelor's frenemy Reality Steve. Ineye Komonibo,, "Who, Exactly, Is The Bachelor‘s Blurry-Faced Truthteller, Merissa Pence?," 18 Feb. 2020 The industry’s biggest frenemy has always helped break acts like rising rap star Roddy Ricch. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Why YouTube and the Music Biz Are Getting Along Better Than Ever," 13 Feb. 2020 Trade ties between the two countries, common frenemy China, and India’s diplomatic skirmishes with Pakistan are all possible items on the agenda. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Trump’s first state visit to India could have a sprinkling of trade, Kashmir, and elections," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of frenemy

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frenemy

blend of friend and enemy

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The first known use of frenemy was in 1891

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3 Jul 2020

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“Frenemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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