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 There’s the confidant, who can be entrusted with any secret; there’s the inspiration, also known as a platonic work crush; there’s the frenemy, who can stir up competitive feelings but also push for your success. New York Times, 14 July 2022 After replacing his frenemy Kanye West as a headliner at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami, Kid Cudi’s July 22 headlining set was cut short after multiple water bottles were thrown at him from the crowd. William Earl, Variety, 23 July 2022 Her frenemy and former glee club teammate Santana Lopez (played by the late Naya Rivera) is also vying for the lead role. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 18 July 2022 In the unlikely rock-star mini-feuds department, Elvis Costello and Rod Stewart — who decades ago had discussions about making an album together — renewed what seems to be a frenemy-ship in recent days. Chris Willman, Variety, 14 June 2022 The leader of Birmingham’s Jewish crime syndicate, Alfie has been Tommy’s frenemy for every season, coming back from the dead for Season 5. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 9 June 2022 Her character’s breakdown—and decision to start dressing like her frenemy, Maddy—included tons of skin-baring, bubblegum pink outfits, which were more often than not a matching two-piece set. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 June 2022 Ertel and former Sun Belt frenemy Quan Jackson, who was the second player to sign under Kennedy after the former urged him to join forces at UAB, have set a new standard in Kennedy’s rival of the Bartow standard. Evan Dudley, al, 28 Apr. 2022 Erivo and Grande will play the musical's frenemy protagonists, Elphaba (otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Frenemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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