Definitions

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  • n. A false friend; a secret enemy.
  • n. A friend at one's back; a backer; one who does his best for another; a supporter.
  • n. A hangnail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A secret enemy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A false or pretended friend; a secret enemy.
  • n. A friend at one's back; a backer.

Etymologies

From back- +‎ friend. (Wiktionary)

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  • So, what we would call a frenemy?

    January 17, 2009

  • Dr. Johnson's dictionary: from back and friend. A friend back-wards; that is, an enemy in secret. Dr. Johnson's dictionary blog

    From OED: A pretended or false friend; an enemy who pretends friendship; a secret or unavowed enemy.

    January 17, 2009