fry·​er ˈfrī(-ə)r How to pronounce fryer (audio)
variants or less commonly frier
: something intended for or used in frying: such as
: a young chicken
: a deep utensil for frying foods

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prepare a wire rack over a sheet pan for landing the pork chops out of the fryer. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2023 The electric fryer can handle turkeys to 14 pounds that cook in under an hour. Brad Fenson, Field & Stream, 14 Feb. 2023 Chef Jasper Hoitsma works with an electric fryer in the background. Globe Staff,, 25 Feb. 2023 Heat the oil in a large pot or deep-fryer to 350°F. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2023 At CJ’s, the wings are marinated in a dry rub overnight, coated in seasoned flour then cooked in the pressure fryer, also known as a broaster. Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2023 Her husband, John Legend, also got in on the action, flipping his onion to reveal the results and posing for the camera before dropping the onion in the fryer. Valerie Nome, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2022 The patty was reddish-brown from the spices, and crisp from what looked like a turn in the fryer. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 She’s only been open 20 minutes, but Erica Montgomery is already busy inside her bright yellow food truck, dropping catfish filets in the fryer, sautéing shrimp on the grill, tossing handfuls of cheese into a large pot and stirring swiftly. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fryer was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Fryer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also frier
: something (as a young chicken) suitable for frying
: a deep utensil for frying foods

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