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frenemy, n.

Forms:  19– frenemy, 19– frienemy. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by blending. Etymons: friend n., enemy n.1
Etymology: Blend of friend n. and enemy n.1

  A person with whom one is friendly, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry; a person who combines the characteristics of a friend and an enemy.

1953   W. Winchell in Nevada State Jrnl. 19 May 4/4   Howz about calling the Russians our Frienemies?
1977   J. Mitford in N.Y. Times 13 Sept. 31/1   My sister and the Frenemy played together constantly,..all the time disliking each other heartily.
2001   Daily Tel. (Nexis) 22 Mar. 69   The new rules require working with competitors or ‘frenemies’ to survive.
2007   M. L. Jacobs How to Jump from Ferris Wheel & Land on your Feet 57   I cannot continue to allow myself to be stifled by the pressures of life and the people around me and this is in respect to work, lovers, associates, friends, enemies and worst of all frienemies.

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This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, December 2008).