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fritter

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noun frit·ter \ˈfri-tər\

Definition of fritter

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

Examples of fritter in a sentence

  1. <she loves eating corn fritters with maple syrup>

Origin and Etymology of fritter

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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fritter

verb frit·ter

Definition of fritter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spend or waste bit by bit, on trifles, or without commensurate return —usually used with away

  3. 2 :  to break into small fragments

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  dissipate, dwindle

fritterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of fritter

fritter, noun (fragment, shred)


First Known Use: 1728



FRITTER Defined for English Language Learners

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fritter

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noun frit·ter \ˈfri-tər\

Definition of fritter for English Language Learners

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


FRITTER Defined for Kids

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fritter

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noun frit·ter \ˈfri-tər\

Definition of fritter for Students

  1. :  a small amount of fried batter often containing fruit or meat <clam fritters>


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fritter

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verb frit·ter

Definition of fritter for Students

frittered

frittering

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



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