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 fritterer (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Pakoras These savory Indian fritters use soft, gluten-free chickpea flour to form a light, flavorful batter. oregonlive, "54 Super Bowl party foods for the ultimate snack-attack," 27 Jan. 2020 An equally festive food menu features holiday stuffing fritters with cream of mushroom aioli ($13) and bourbon pecan pie with candy cane marshmallow and caramel sauce ($9). Samantha Nelson,, "12 holiday pop-ups in Chicago to get you in the mood," 4 Dec. 2019 Simply mix the stuffing with eggs and fry up individual fritters in the skillet with butter or oil. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to use Thanksgiving leftovers," 22 Nov. 2019 Don't miss the indoor food market Plaza del Mercado (refuel with an alcapurria fritter or fruit smoothie), smack dab in the middle of the La Placita main square which becomes the epicenter of a lively street party at night. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 6 Aug. 2019 The menu has already evolved several times, adding specials such as chickpea fritters ($10) and baked crab dip ($16) to the regular lineup., "The restaurant, which opened in May, contains both front and back bars and can hold up to 99 people. The team renovated the entire interior and massively upgraded the kitchen to suit a vision of serving destination-worthy food.," 28 Dec. 2019 One of the mansion’s hitchhiking ghosts has revealed the recipe for his cure-all fritters, currently offered at Royal Street Veranda for a limited time to celebrate this milestone. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Recipe Corner: Professor Phineas Plump’s Cure-All Fritters Royal Street Veranda, Disneyland Park," 19 Sep. 2019 Apple dumplings, cupcakes, brownies, fritters, donuts (filled or not), cookies, gingerbread, dry baking mixes, and even fruitcake are okay to fly in the cabin. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can You Bring Food on a Plane? Your Guide to Airport Security and Food," 6 Sep. 2019 Carl enjoyed cooking Jamaican food––curries, banana fritters, fried rice––but Iris refused to eat it. Maya Binyam, The New Yorker, "An Intimate History of the British Empire," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don't fritter away cash this week on things that won't last. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 26, 2020: Leo, best to put others first; Virgo, be creative with projects," 26 Jan. 2020 Melvin Gordon sat out into September and watched the Los Angeles Chargers fritter their season away before reporting. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Deadline deal or not, Darius Slay's Detroit Lions tenure is destined to end soon," 29 Oct. 2019 The Giants and Dolphins have frittered away draft positioning in recent weeks, and the Lions are amazingly ready to capitalize on this disaster of a season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why Tua Tagovailoa could give the Detroit Lions unlimited options in 2020 NFL draft," 23 Dec. 2019 Two standout dishes are the Vegetables Pataniscas, a type of Portuguese fritter made out of vegetable batter and their homemade chocolate cake is unparalleled. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "What to Do, See, Eat, and Shop For in Lisbon, Portugal," 25 Nov. 2019 Not only did the young prime minister fritter away his brute majority, slipping into a vortex of controversies, his tinkering of India’s socio-religious fabric also left India deeply unstable. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Rajiv Gandhi: The man who opened a can of worms at the Babri mosque," 9 Nov. 2019 Don't fritter away your time when a simple tweak is all that is needed. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 24, 2019: Aquarius, read poetry; Cancer, to everything there is a season," 24 Oct. 2019 Unlike past games where the Bucks frittered away big leads, allowing things to stay close late, Milwaukee didn't leave the Pistons much hope on Saturday. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 104, Pistons 90: In a ho-hum game, a few performances stand out," 23 Nov. 2019 Robertson, 39, frittered away their retirement savings on personal luxuries and unsuccessful frozen yogurt franchises. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Former University of Virginia football player convicted of fraud," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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“Fritter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fritter

: a small piece of food that has been coated in a flour and egg mixture and fried


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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