\ ˈfrī How to pronounce fry (audio) \
fried; frying

Definition of fry

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cook in a pan or on a griddle over heat especially with the use of fat
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


noun (1)
plural fries

Definition of fry (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a social gathering or picnic where food is fried and eaten a fish fry
2a : 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


noun (2)
plural fry

Definition of fry (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : 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


biographical name
\ ˈfrī How to pronounce Fry (audio) \

Definition of Fry (Entry 4 of 4)

Christopher 1907–2005 English dramatist

Examples of fry in a Sentence

Verb They fried some chicken for us. We could smell the onions frying.

First Known Use of fry


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

History and Etymology for fry


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

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“Fry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fry

: to cook (food) in fat or oil


\ ˈfrī How to pronounce fry (audio) \
fried; frying

Kids Definition of fry

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cook in fat


plural fries

Kids Definition of fry (Entry 2 of 3)


plural fry

Kids Definition of fry (Entry 3 of 3)

: a recently hatched or very young fish usually used in pl. The salmon fry were released into the river.

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