fritter

noun
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

fritter

verb
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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Verb

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

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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 Starting October 28, the McCafé bakery lineup will have with three new options: an apple fritter, a blueberry muffin and a cinnamon roll. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Eskimo Pies get a new name and Pabst Blue Ribbon is making a cannabis seltzer," 11 Oct. 2020 The new McCafé Bakery lineup will be available all day and features an apple fritter, blueberry muffin and cinnamon roll. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "McDonald's menu additions: New blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll and apple fritter arrive at restaurants Oct. 28," 7 Oct. 2020 But no matter how far into St. Bernard visitors intend to go, Gregory recommends starting just over the parish line in Arabi with an apple fritter from Gerald’s Donuts, 6901 St. Claude Ave. Jessica Fender, NOLA.com, "'People want to get in their car right now and just drive': TV series tours St. Bernard Parish," 5 Oct. 2020 The chain recently offered for sale a body pillow in the shape of a nugget, so one can literally be cradled in its consoling, fritter-like embrace. Washington Post, "The chicken sandwich wars aren’t over: Wendy’s has a new option, and McDonald’s is about to get in," 25 Sep. 2020 And be sure to load up on only-in-Philly specialties, like Famous 4th Street cookies, or an apple fritter from Beiler’s Bakery. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Place to Visit in Every U.S. State," 28 July 2020 Aunt Carrie’s officially claims that its founders, Carrie and Ulysses Cooper, were the inventors of the clam fritter. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "Rhode Island Clamcakes—Yes, Crisp Clam Doughnuts—Are the Perfect Taste of Summer," 10 June 2016 There’s also a brown sugar banana fritter dessert ($5), an homage to sweet Filipino street food. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Sushi burritos are now a thing in Huntsville," 11 June 2020 The dishes include chicken tamales, paella fritters, European-style dumplings, BBQ burnt ends, chicken parmesan, and bangin’ shrimp. Kathy Passero, cleveland, "‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Takeout’ | How to watch and live stream new episodes hosted by Guy Fieri," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "‘Top Chef,’ ‘Tiger King,’ the ‘TikTok Doc,’ streaming overload: What stood out in a surreal spring TV season," 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, "Briefly Noted," 25 May 2020 But the few weeks of time the U.S. bought with the travel restriction were frittered away, experts say. Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Virus Response Marred by Overconfidence and Delays," 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, "The Political Media’s Blurred Reality," 12 Mar. 2020 Unlike Burke, who took extraordinary preventive measures to ensure there weren’t more deaths, Trump frittered away six precious weeks. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "Johnson & Johnson wrote the rules for managing a public health crisis. Trump broke them.," 16 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of fritter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1728, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fritter

Noun

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

Verb

fritter, noun (fragment, shred)

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The first known use of fritter was in the 14th century

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“Fritter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fritter. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for fritter

fritter

noun
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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

fritter

noun
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

fritter

verb
frittered; frittering

Kids Definition of fritter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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