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fry

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verb \ˈfrī\

Simple Definition of fry

  • : to cook (food) in fat or oil

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fry

fried

frying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cook in a pan or on a griddle over heat especially with the use of fat

  3. 2 slang :  electrocute 1

  4. 3 :  to damage or destroy (an electrical device or its circuitry) by overheating especially as a result of unusually high voltage

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to undergo frying

  7. 2 :  to get very hot or burn as if being fried <bodies frying on the beach>

Examples of fry in a sentence

  1. We had fried eggs and ham for breakfast.

  2. We could smell the onions frying.



Origin and Etymology of fry

Middle English frien, from Anglo-French frire, from Latin frigere to roast; akin to Greek phrygein to roast, fry, Sanskrit bhṛjjati he roasts


First Known Use: 13th century


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fry

noun

Definition of fry

plural

fries

  1. 1 :  a social gathering or picnic where food is fried and eaten <a fish fry>

  2. 2 a :  a dish of something fried b :  french fry —usually used in plural <a burger and fries>



1833

First Known Use of fry

1833


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fry

noun

Definition of fry

plural

fry

  1. 1 a :  recently hatched or juvenile fishes b :  the young of other animals

  2. 2 :  very small adult fishes

  3. 3 :  members of a group or class :  individuals <small fry>



Origin and Etymology of fry

Middle English, Anglo-French frie, from freier, frier to rub, spawn — more at fray


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with fry


Fry

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biographical name \ˈfrī\

Definition of Fry

  1. Christopher 1907–2005 Eng. dram.





FRY Defined for Kids

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fry

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verb \ˈfrī\

Definition of fry for Students

fried

frying

  1. :  to cook in fat




2

fry

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noun

Definition of fry for Students

plural

fries




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fry

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noun

Definition of fry for Students

plural

fry

  1. :  a recently hatched or very young fish —usually used in pl. <The salmon fry were released into the river.>




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