Meaning of frenemy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfrɛnɪmi/

nounplural noun frenemies

  • A person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.

    • ‘Advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell used the term "frenemy" to describe the phenomenon.’
    • ‘Rob called the company a frenemy of the internet generation.’
    • ‘I was very happy it was not someone I respected," she said of her frenemy, whom she called a "coward."’
    • ‘Rob says that, at best they should be understood as our `frenemy '.’


1950s blend of friend and enemy.