\ 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

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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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Lunch brings sandwiches and salads, but most people gravitate toward the steam table, stocked with fried and barbecue chicken, vegetable sides, and a huge tray of mac and cheese. Devra First,, "Southern spirit at Soleil in Dudley Square," 28 June 2018 One order of five Donut Fries, lightly fried and tossed in cinnamon sugar, will set customers back $2. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Dunkin' Donuts Introduces Donut Fries. Say What?," 27 June 2018 Maryland staples such as coddies and crab cakes are still popular, but a big draw Tuesday were Latin American specialties like Peruvian papa rellena — potatoes stuffed with meat and then deep fried — or Mexican street corn called elote. Christina Tkacik,, "At Highlandtown carnival, respite for Baltimore's Latino community and concern about immigration policy," 20 June 2018 Whale meat is eaten boiled, fermented, fried and frozen. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 The food: Menus don’t get much simpler than the one at Raising Cane’s — the sole protein is chicken tenders/fingers, which only come breaded and fried. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain serves one specialty," 30 May 2018 Celebrate all that is doughy, fried and sugary this Friday June 1 for the 80th annual National Doughnut Day. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Grab doughnut deals all over Chicago Friday for National Doughnut Day," 30 May 2018 Taro also can be cut into cubes and simmered in stews or sliced thin and fried to make a snack similar to potato chips. Newly planted taro won’t be ready for harvest for another year to 14 months. Washington Post, "Shortage of key Hawaii crop expected after rains swamp farms," 28 May 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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to deny responsibility for

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