fry

1 of 3

verb

fried; frying

transitive verb

1
: to cook in a pan or on a griddle over heat especially with the use of fat
2
3
: to damage or destroy (an electrical device or its circuitry) by overheating especially as a result of unusually high voltage

intransitive verb

1
: to undergo frying
2
: to get very hot or burn as if being fried
bodies frying on the beach

fry

2 of 3

noun (1)

plural fries
1
: a social gathering or picnic where food is fried and eaten
a fish fry
2
a
: a dish of something fried
b
: french fry
usually plural
a burger and fries
c
: a vegetable prepared in the style of a french fry
usually plural
carrot fries

fry

3 of 3

noun (2)

plural fry
1
a
: recently hatched or juvenile fishes
b
: the young of other animals
2
: very small adult fishes
3
: members of a group or class : individuals
small fry

Examples of fry in a Sentence

Verb They fried some chicken for us. We could smell the onions frying.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Users don’t have to be concerned about, well, frying their hair either, as the device doesn’t use traditional hot plates, instead using concentrated air. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 16 July 2024 The pieces of tandoori chicken, fried and drizzled with a thin hot sauce, are incredible. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 15 July 2024
Noun
A day prior, on Friday, July 12 — which is when the unofficial holiday falls — McDonald's offered a free order of medium fries with a $1 minimum purchase via the app. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 13 July 2024 Keep in mind that some chains, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King are among those offering fries free of charge for the remainder of 2024. Francisco Velasquez, Quartz, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for fry 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English frien, from Anglo-French frire, from Latin frigere to roast; akin to Greek phrygein to roast, fry, Sanskrit bhṛjjati he roasts

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French frie, from freier, frier to rub, spawn — more at fray entry 2

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fry was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fry. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fry

1 of 3 verb
fried; frying
: to cook in fat or oil

fry

2 of 3 noun
plural fries
1
: something fried
especially : french fry entry 1
usually used in plural
steak and fries
2
: a get-together where fried food is eaten
a fish fry

fry

3 of 3 noun
plural fry
1
a
: recently hatched or young fish
b
: the young of animals other than fish
2
: very small adult fish
3
: members of a group or class : individuals
small fry
Etymology

Verb

Middle English frien "to fry," from early French frire (same meaning), from Latin frigere "to roast"

Noun

Middle English fry "recently hatched fish," from early French frie (same meaning), from freier, frier "to rub, spawn"

Biographical Definition

Fry

biographical name

Christopher 1907–2005 English dramatist

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