fritter away

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fritter away

: to spend or use up (something) in a slow and usually foolish way
  • He frittered the afternoon away.
  • He frittered away his fortune on gambling.

Word by Word Definitions

fritter play
  1. : a small mass of fried or sautéed batter often containing fruit or meat

  1. : to spend or waste bit by bit, on trifles, or without commensurate return

  2. : to break into small fragments

  3. : dissipate, dwindle

away play
  1. : on the way : along

  2. : from this or that place

  3. : in a secure place or manner

  1. : absent from a place : gone

  2. : distant in space or time

  3. : played on an opponent's grounds


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