noun \ˈfri-tər\

: a small piece of food that has been coated in a flour and egg mixture and fried

Full Definition of FRITTER

:  a small mass of fried or sautéed batter often containing fruit or meat

Examples of FRITTER

  1. <she loves eating corn fritters with maple syrup>

Origin of FRITTER

Middle English fritour, from Anglo-French friture, from Vulgar Latin *frictura, from Latin frictus, past participle of frigere to roast
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to FRITTER

croquette, cutlet, cake, galette, patty (also pattie)

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel



Definition of FRITTER

transitive verb
:  to spend or waste bit by bit, on trifles, or without commensurate return —usually used with away
:  to break into small fragments
intransitive verb
frit·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Origin of FRITTER

fritter, noun (fragment, shred)
First Known Use: 1728


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