frenemy

[ fren-uh-mee ]
/ ˈfrɛn ə mi /
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noun

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

  1. frenchwoman,
  2. frenchy,
  3. freneau,
  4. freneau, philip,
  5. frenectomy,
  6. frenet formula,
  7. frenetic,
  8. frenkel defect,
  9. frenoplasty,
  10. frenotomy

Sometimes frien·e·my.

Origin of frenemy

First recorded in 1950-55; fr(iend) + enemy

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