fried

adjective
\ ˈfrīd How to pronounce fried (audio) \

Definition of fried

1 : cooked in hot oil or butter : cooked by frying fried eggs fried chicken fried dough
2 : damaged or destroyed by an electrical surge or malfunction The man behind the counter hooked up my computer to another machine and then gave me the bad news. "I'm afraid your hard drive is fried," the technician said.— Tom McNichol
3 US, informal
a : intoxicated, high … too fried on crystal meth to be gambling on a game of pool, but doing it nonetheless.— Joseph Wambaugh … what about that time you got fried at the frat house after the big game against State and the judge fined you $50 and costs for dropping quarts of beer in paper bags out the second-floor window?— Russell Baker
b : mentally exhausted At dinner after the book signing, he's fried, barely able to converse.— Rick Martin After spending about 14 hours on ESPN Radio, SportsCenter and espn.com, Gammons was completely fried.— Rich Eisen

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Sorry, I'm just fried today. grew up in a family in which Dad got fried on every weekend and holiday
Recent Examples on the Web And thus, one savvy businessman and marketer was able to add tradition and sentimentality to, of all things, fried chicken—a stunning display of story craft that would make even Don Draper jealous. Christopher Tompkins, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Folks in Alabama have strong opinions about fried chicken, and many will tell you that mom’s version — crunchy, juicy and made with love — is the best ever. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 28 July 2022 Instead of the usual mac and cheese or mashed potatoes and gravy, Yardy’s fried chicken is served with a market fresh salad and a chunk of cornbread made from heirloom corn, healthful sides each highlighting Northwest ingredients. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 22 July 2022 Rubato will open in Quincy this summer (412 Hancock St.); it’s a Hong Kong-style café focusing on savory pork, fried chicken, and beef bao; sweet bao stuffed with ice cream; congee rice porridge; and hot and cold drinks. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2022 Phoenix fans of Berdena’s will now have a shorter drive to get their lavender latte and ham and fried egg breakfast sandwiches. Jonmaesha Beltran, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2022 Krazy Katsu will open Saturday in The Yard with a menu of fried chicken sandwiches and sides. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 26 July 2022 Chick-fil-A plans to bring its fried chicken sandwiches and waffle fries to Emeryville. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 June 2022 Chef Cesar Lopez takes care of the comfort food, with boozy French toast, eggs benedict, and breakfast burritos for brunch; messy tots, fried chicken sandwiches, and steak tips for dinner. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fried

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Aug 2022

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“Fried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fried. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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