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 At some point through the event, the park will have an apple fritter-eating contest along with vendors offering pumpkin beers and apple cider beers. Don Stacom,, 10 Sep. 2021 This summery fritter of sweet corn and soft, tender herbs makes for a colorful appetizer, snack or even brunch dish. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2021 Clover’s food options range from a chickpea fritter sandwich to french fries with rosemary to rhubarb agua fresca., 30 June 2021 Similar to its other bakery items, which includes an apple fritter, a blueberry muffin and a cinnamon roll, the doughnut is also available all day. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021 Restaurants will have specials celebrating the state’s favorite clam, from a quahog fritter with peppadew aioli to Portuguese quahog chowder to the venerable stuffie., 17 May 2021 The fire company has tried to make up for the lost revenue with other events such as pizza nights and oyster and clam fritter sales. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 Fry until the bottom of each fritter is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Noodles are still very much in the picture; the mondi thoke, cold vermicelli enhanced with chickpea powder, is excellent, as is the mohinga, a fragrant fish soup with rice noodles and a lacy onion fritter. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 While the adults fritter away the days, drinking and doing drugs, their preternaturally mature offspring devise a separate, parallel society. The New Yorker, 25 May 2020 But the few weeks of time the U.S. bought with the travel restriction were frittered away, experts say. Margaret Newkirk,, 6 May 2020 This is the point in many media jeremiads when readers are braced for a high-minded paean to issue coverage and a tearful lament about why journalists fritter away their time with horse-race coverage. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 12 Mar. 2020

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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 Oct. 2021.

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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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