friend with benefits

noun phrase

: a friend with whom one has casual sexual relations without commitments

Examples of friend with benefits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Australian singer Dannii Minogue — younger sister of gay diva Kylie — plays host at a swank mansion where 10 single young men meet, mingle and make out in hopes of finding a partner, or at least a lover (or if that doesn’t last, maybe a hot friend with benefits?). Erik Piepenburg, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 However, the idea of friends with benefits can get a bad rap sometimes, as there’s an assumption that this relationship dynamic is only for people who aren’t serious about commitment and are emotionally unavailable. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1997, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of friend with benefits was in 1997

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“Friend with benefits.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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