\ 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, Gammons was completely fried.— Rich Eisen

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

With tequila cocktails at the bar and Morty’s Oyster Stand serving delicious plates of lobster mac and cheese, ceviche, and their special fried chicken, many guests danced under the stars until almost midnight. Vogue, "Sienna Miller, Elsa Hosk, and Jeremy O. Harris Celebrate Gucci X Melet Mercantile," 15 July 2019 Most locals agree the road was named after Laura Lamb, who lived along the road and was known in the 1930s for her fried chicken. Fox News, "Idaho mayor says 'NO WAY, NO CHANCE' to PETA's request to rename Chicken Dinner Road," 7 July 2019 Brunch items will include fried chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, avocado bruschetta, huevos rancheros, shrimp and grits, the Royal Hangover Burger and a Maple Bacon Waffle Burger. Catie Wegman,, "USA vs. Netherlands: Where to watch the Women’s World Cup finals in South Florida," 5 July 2019 The family-run restaurant, opened by matriarch Denise Peterson in 2014, offers gluten-free and standard options for its waffles, pancakes, bread, and batter for its crisp fried chicken and fish. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: kitchen garden service, new wine shop, and more," 5 July 2019 Most Houston foodies have their go-to place for fried chicken. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants mark National Fried Chicken Day," 3 July 2019 Natasha Pogrebinsky wants to add fried chicken to that list. Marc Bona,, "Chef creates fried-chicken recipe she wants Cleveland to embrace as its own," 1 July 2019 Much has been made of the chefs who travel to Paris to study French cuisine, only to find that their true passion lies in attempting to re-create the fried chicken and biscuits of their childhood in Montgomery. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "Coming Back to Ackee and Salt Fish, Jamaica’s National Dish," 1 July 2019 At the sushi bar and tables in the main room, the à la carte menu offers classic izakaya-style starters like gyoza, Japanese fried chicken, and tempura. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "One of Mexico City’s Hottest Restaurant Groups Fuses Mexican and Japanese Influences," 29 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fried.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fried

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fried

Statistics for fried

Last Updated

19 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fried

The first known use of fried was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fried



English Language Learners Definition of fried

: cooked in hot oil
US, informal : not able to think clearly because you are very tired

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fried

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fried

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fried

Spanish Central: Translation of fried

Nglish: Translation of fried for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fried for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fried

What made you want to look up fried? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!