frit·​ter | \ ˈfri-tər How to pronounce fritter (audio) \

Definition of fritter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small mass of fried or sautéed batter often containing fruit or meat


frittered; frittering; fritters

Definition of fritter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to spend or waste bit by bit, on trifles, or without commensurate return usually used with away
2 : to break into small fragments

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fritterer \ ˈfri-​tər-​ər How to pronounce fritter (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fritter

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fritter in a Sentence

Noun she loves eating corn fritters with maple syrup
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Remove cooked fritter and place on a tray or plate and continue to cook the rest of the dough mixture. Benjamin Liong Setiawan, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 The sugary glaze on an apple fritter also proved irresistible, setting into a wafer-thin layer of crispiness over the petite fritters. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 Kids dinners: Chicken fritter, grilled cheese or hot dog with fries, applesauce, cake, $4 (fountain drinks with kids meals, $1). cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 The crisp exterior comes from a quick dredge in flour, like a breakfast fritter. Casey Barber, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 In 2021,164,160 thing-a-lings were sold to fritter enthusiasts. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2022 What to order: An everything bagel with house lox spread or the supersize apple fritter doughnuts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 This meal can include tamales, pozole (a chicken soup with garlic and other seasonings) and buñuelos (a dough fritter covered in cinnamon sugar). Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 What comes out is a fritter that’s not only as big as your face, but offers up the contrast of warm dough that’s crisp on the outside but with a bite that’s firm, fruity and juicy amid all that soft, lovely dough. Amy Drew Thompson,, 3 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the real victims of the climate crisis will not be white Americans such as Sundog, who can afford to fritter their days wandering the woods. Outside Online, 11 July 2021 But Broadway stardom of his caliber is too precious to fritter away on a star turn. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 One of the children’s main arguments was that the trustees never should have allowed their father to fritter away the principal of a dynastic trust on a money-losing newspaper. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, 15 Dec. 2021 Mike McCarthy’s decision to play scared at the end of the first half and fritter away the last 90 seconds was beyond puzzling. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 The Senate’s indulgent rules permit a single member of the chamber to slow the confirmation process and fritter away the time needed to consider nominees. Greg Greene, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 But these conflicts often fritter away energies that could be better used to enhance public life. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 The Kardashians fritter away a huge amount of time, in fact, playing harmless pranks on one another. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2020 With the pandemic keeping people home, instead of commuting and going to coffee shops -- where Quibi founders thought the service would be just what the time-frittering customer ordered -- the service failed to find an audience. oregonlive, 2 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of fritter


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1728, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fritter


Middle English fritour, from Anglo-French friture, from Vulgar Latin *frictura, from Latin frictus, past participle of frigere to roast


fritter, noun (fragment, shred)

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frit·​ter | \ ˈfri-tər How to pronounce fritter (audio) \

Kids Definition of fritter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small amount of fried batter often containing fruit or meat clam fritters


frittered; frittering

Kids Definition of fritter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to waste on unimportant things He frittered away his money.

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