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.

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

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Contemporary Examples of frenemy

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

  • "From far away, she's OK," as Clueless' Cher (Alicia Silverstone) famously explains of her frenemy, Amber.

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    The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 3

    Jaimie Etkin

    March 24, 2011

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

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    Socialite, Reality Star—or Thief?

    Peter Davis

    February 24, 2010

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

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    My Life As Gwyneth

    Rebecca Dana

    September 10, 2009

  • The compulsively aggressive Australian is a great businessman, writes press baron and Rupert frenemy Conrad Black.

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    Murdoch's Italian Offensive

    Conrad Black

    June 10, 2009