\ ˈfrīd \

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, Gammons was completely fried. —Rich Eisen

Examples of fried in a Sentence

Sorry, I'm just fried today. grew up in a family in which Dad got fried on every weekend and holiday

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But serving food in a bar also shapes the menu: more fried food, more snacks, a casualness that can be both welcome and enforced. Jonathan Kauffman,, "Likha brings Michelin pedigrees to Filipino bar food," 5 July 2018 The evening menu includes fried chicken, potato salad, finger foods and veggies. Linda Mcintosh,, "Patriotic group elects news," 2 July 2018 Also, the Miss Montreal restaurant with its signature crispy Southern fried chicken was no more. Si Liberman, San Antonio Express-News, "A sentimental journey to Montreal and Quebec City," 28 June 2018 The drumstick beat goes on The resurgence of fried chicken is upon us, and these three classic L.A. fried chicken outlets have stuck around long enough to enjoy the renaissance. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "These Vintage L.A. Chicken Joints Have Yet to Kick the Bucket," 26 June 2018 Who hasn’t stood under a fast food awning, mouth agape, trying to pick out the burger, fried chicken, or salad option that will destroy her sense of health and well-being the least? Alex Van Buren,, "10 Snacks a Food Writer Packs for Day Hikes and Car Trips," 6 June 2018 Tiffany Haddish wants a lot of celebrity star power in her life: a date with Michael B. Jordan, a fried chicken girls’ night with Michelle Obama and a Cardi B party at her funeral. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Tiffany Haddish Wants Cardi B Played at Her Funeral: 'That Funeral Would Be a Straight Party'," 5 June 2018 On a menu dominated by heavy rouxs and fried foods, a few light options can be found. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Tasting samples, 'lagniappe' add to appeal of The Lost Cajun in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 In the meantime, here are some other things to know about Cincinnati's favorite fried food. Polly Campbell,, "The history of the Cincinnati fish fry," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fried

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fried

: cooked in hot oil

: not able to think clearly because you are very tired

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