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 Brown Sugar Sticky Rice, an invention of the Payne Dagu Kitchen, is a culinary act of léger de main, short grain sticky rice formed into bars, then coated with fritter batter, deep-fried and laced with brown sugar syrup and crushed peanuts. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Dagu Rice Noodle: Big bowls of warm comfort as Cleveland’s cold weather sets in," 18 Oct. 2019 Ha imported specially made pans from Vietnam to offer one of her favorite street foods, bánh khọt (shrimp fritters), to customers. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "'The Blind Cook' conquered 'MasterChef' and won over Gordon Ramsay. Now she's serving up her first restaurant," 30 Sep. 2019 The final version used by Apple features a whopping 9 fritters resting on a bed of tahini and parsley, with one piece cracked open. Soleil Ho,, "The new batch of food emojis has arrived," 4 Nov. 2019 Don’t forget the food trucks and the delicious fritters made with fresh Larriland apples. Tracy Trobridge,, "Glenelg High alumni welcome at homecoming parade and game," 16 Oct. 2019 Choose from apple fritters, maple bars and a variety of scrumptious straight-from-the-oven doughnuts (made with the same doughnut production technology since 1974). Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "Where to stop on the way to Mount Hood: Gerry Frank’s picks," 22 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike past games where the Bucks frittered away big leads, allowing things to stay close late, Milwaukee didn't leave the Pistons much hope on Saturday. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 104, Pistons 90: In a ho-hum game, a few performances stand out," 23 Nov. 2019 Robertson, 39, frittered away their retirement savings on personal luxuries and unsuccessful frozen yogurt franchises. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Former University of Virginia football player convicted of fraud," 29 Oct. 2019 The speedy receiver was the difference Saturday in a 28-21 victory over Michigan, catching a pair of touchdown passes and scoring the decisive points in a game the Nittany Lions nearly frittered away. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football power rankings: Did Michigan football's loss at Penn State drop them?," 21 Oct. 2019 The problem with frittering around within this period of history is the risk of appearing to oversimplify it at best, and at worst, trivialize it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Jojo Rabbit' uses Hitler to awkwardly convey anti-hate message," 18 Oct. 2019 These briny beauties taste of the sea in the best possible way; this is your chance to try them raw, stuffed, fried, frittered, in chowder, and on a stick dipped in chocolate and jimmies., "Power to the pumpkin people! Six under-the-radar autumn escapes - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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