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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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 Bosom Buddies,’’ the duet in which Vera and Mame trade sly digs, frenemy-style. Don Aucoin,, "A ‘Mame’ that’s a bit short on magic," 7 June 2018 This Sabrina loves horror movies, must choose between a mortal education at Baxter High or a magical immersion at the Academy of Unseen Arts, and slits a frenemy's throat. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Broke Kiernan Shipka's Heart — and She's OK With That," 12 Nov. 2018 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

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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