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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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fried


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]


sober, straight

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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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Madona Melly Melani, 23, a local villager, received a small loan from Mr. Hartono’s company to boost her small business selling fried snacks. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 The menu walks a line between wholesome choices and fried and loaded deliciousness. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 The deli counter serves fried or baked chicken plate lunches, daily specials and barbecue. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Tortas, huaraches and green sauce at a little cafe in Grapevine | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 There's nothing more satisfying than cooking a perfectly fried egg. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg Every Time," 8 Apr. 2019 The Contos family, best known for serving fried seafood along the South Boston Waterfront for generations, also owns one of the two lots where the Red Line tests would end, and the family has sued the MBTA to block the effort. Adam Vaccaro,, "How a South Boston real estate fight could delay new MBTA Red Line cars," 2 July 2018 Check back every day in March for a new dish to add to your fried bucket list. Louisa Chu,, "Chef Sarah Grueneberg collaborating with Honey Butter Fried Chicken on special sandwich," 5 Apr. 2018 Everybody should be happy with the garlic dots, little fried puffs of choux pastry brushed with garlic butter. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Can Fancy Chefs Excel at Fast, Cheap Food? Two Case Studies," 23 Jan. 2018 Cook coconut, stirring frequently, until wilting, lightly fried and golden brown around edges, about 5 minutes. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 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
US, informal : not able to think clearly because you are very tired

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one that collects or salvages junk

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