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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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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 During the first week, cooks made fried chicken served with German potato salad and grapes. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, "A new stone soup: Idle restaurants fire up to feed the hungry," 29 May 2020 Luckily, Brown knows that good fried chicken involves buttermilk. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "12 Alton Brown Recipes That We Can't Stop Making," 29 May 2020 The developer is currently building Popeyes fried chicken restaurants at 201 McMeans Ave. Kathy Jumper, al, "Mega acreage to be forever conserved," 3 May 2020 Korean fried chicken restaurant BB.Q Chicken recently opened in Arlington, the chain’s third D-FW location. Narda Pérez, Dallas News, "BB.Q Chicken brings Korean flavors and plates to Arlington," 4 Mar. 2020 The fried seafood and chowder restaurant traded on a no-frills feel, a strategy that worked decades ago when there were few choices on the waterfront., "What really happened to the No Name?," 6 Jan. 2020 Other restaurants in the building include Jazz + Soju, a Korean fried chicken restaurant, and Amber, a coffee shop and bar. Christina Tkacik,, "Bringing the Amalfi coast to Locust Point: Limoncello (finally) set to open in Anthem House," 10 Oct. 2019 Opening a fried seafood restaurant in a defunct tavern in New Britain might seem like a gamble, but owner Nicholas Augustino is confident of success. Don Stacom,, "Owner of New Britain’s East Side restaurant creates something new: The Clam Box," 15 Aug. 2019 Balance made Chicken-N-Waffles-N-Beer, made with fried chicken, waffles, maple syrup and ghost peppers, palatable. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "His brewery (Mikerphone) is in Chicago, but his heart (and his creative muse) are in Wisconsin," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of fried

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2020

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“Fried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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