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 The company in June recalled about 191,000 pounds of chicken fritters sold across the U.S. after schools complained about pieces of hard plastic in the ready-to-eat products. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Tyson recalls chicken breast patties after complaints of "extraneous matter"," 16 Aug. 2019 The result is a menu with dishes like pork ribs rubbed with a peppery sauce made from ogbono (wild bush mango), and braised rabbit and onions paired with Ms. Shabazz’s famous apple fritters. Jane Black, New York Times, "Long Misunderstood, Appalachian Food Finds the Spotlight," 9 Sep. 2019 In time, the family hopes to introduce other regional favorites, including cow foot soup, black chicken soup and conch fritters. Hadley Tomicki,, "Mother-daughter duo cook side-by-side at Belizean pop-up No Reservation L.A.," 12 July 2019 Plenty of folks jumped at the chance to sample the insect in fritters, cookies, smoothies, tostadas and soup on Friday at the Fair. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Crikey! They were eating crickets at the State Fair!," 23 Aug. 2019 The agriculture department is advising that consumers who have purchased the chicken fritters, which were produced on Feb. 28, not serve them. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Tyson recalls chicken fritters, including some sold in schools, that may contain plastic," 9 June 2019 How did the idea for shrimp fritters at the Fair come about? Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Funky Grits’ best seller inspires new Fair food," 28 Aug. 2019 From baba to eggplant parm, ratatouille and fritters, these are our favorite eggplant recipes to cook any time of the year. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appétit, "Beyond Baba Ghanoush: 32 of Our Favorite Eggplant Recipes," 19 Aug. 2019 Starters, including raw bar items, clam fritters, crab cakes, mussels and steamers, are $4.95 to $15.95. Leeanne Griffin,, "Costello’s Clam Shack: A waterfront destination for your fried-seafood fix," 19 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other parties, which have tended to fritter away their support on squabbles, might team up against him. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 Though the time savings are not enormous, don’t fritter away Amtrak’s gift. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "You saved 15 minutes on Amtrak’s new nonstop service to NYC. Now what?," 14 Aug. 2019 Big Mouth Donuts, with its vanilla bean-glazed, chocolate-frosted, cinnamon sugar and apple fritter donuts. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Old Carolina Barbecue takes first place at Rocky River’s 15th annual Taste of River," 15 July 2019 The cash was funnelled through shell companies around the world and frittered away on yachts, artworks, diamonds and other fripperies. The Economist, "Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs executives," 15 Aug. 2019 But in 2010, Democrat Martha Coakley managed to fritter away the Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy for nearly a half-century by losing a special election to Republican Scott Brown. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Arguing the World," 15 Aug. 2019 The Brewers spent the early innings frittering away scoring opportunities, continuing their woes with runners in scoring position. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Giants 4: Ben Gamel's pinch-hit, RBI double in bottom of ninth saves the game," 13 July 2019 This reporter read it in one long sitting, frittering away a whole weekend day between its pages so entertaining was the tale. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "In an arresting new thriller, no one is innocent, including readers," 7 July 2019 Roger Federer kept accumulating break points and then frittering them away against Stan Wawrinka in the French Open quarterfinals, failing to convert 16 of his initial 17 chances. Howard Fendrich,, "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set for another matchup at the French Open," 4 June 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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The first known use of fritter was in the 14th century

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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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