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[ fren-uh-mee ]
/ ˈfrɛn ə mi /


Informal. a person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, but harbors feelings of resentment or rivalry: Clearly, turning the competition into frenemies is good for your business.

Nearby words

frenchwoman, frenchy, freneau, freneau, philip, frenectomy, frenemy, frenet formula, frenetic, frenkel defect, frenoplasty, frenotomy
Sometimes frien·e·my.

Origin of frenemy

First recorded in 1950-55; fr(iend) + enemy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frenemy

  • Without its Korean frenemy, the company will have to switch to a new megasupplier.

    Here’s Why Apple and Samsung Are Breaking Up|Alex Klein|December 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • "From far away, she's OK," as Clueless' Cher (Alicia Silverstone) famously explains of her frenemy, Amber.

  • I don't really count going to 1Oak as being a socialite," sniffs a woman who refers to Snowdon-Jones as her "frenemy.

  • Gwyneth had a frenemy once and was troubled at the joy she felt when this person suffered a terrible public humiliation.

    My Life As Gwyneth|Rebecca Dana|September 10, 2009|DAILY BEAST