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 espn.com, 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
Recent Examples on the Web Homemade cream-of-mushroom soup elevates the creamy, savory base, while fried shallots sprinkled overtop add some crunch. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, 12 June 2024 Louisville Courier Journal Move over, barbecue and fried chicken. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2024 The menu features around 20 items, including fried chicken, sandwiches, salads and light appetizers, according to the shop's website. Claudia Levens, Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2024 Desserts include a variety of fried pies or chocolate cream pie. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fried 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Fried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fried. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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