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stir-fried; stir-frying; stir-fries

transitive verb

: to fry quickly over high heat in a lightly oiled pan (such as a wok) while stirring continuously

intransitive verb

: to prepare food by stir-frying it


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: a dish of something stir-fried

Examples of stir-fry in a Sentence

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Ways to enjoy celery include: Sauté or braise celery, or add it to a stir-fry. Make a celery soup with garlic and potatoes sautéed in olive oil, broth (also hydrating), and herbs. Nancy Lebrun, Verywell Health, 12 July 2024 Various forms of seaweed are also popular ingredients or toppings in or on salads, ramen, miso soup, pizza, smoothies, poke bowls, hummus, tacos, gyoza and stir-fries. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 11 July 2024
This noodle bowl can be a main dish or the supporting player to a vegetable stir-fry. Elyssa Goldberg, Bon Appétit, 16 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for stir-fry 

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Word History

First Known Use


1955, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stir-fry was in 1955

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“Stir-fry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to fry quickly over high heat while stirring continuously


2 of 2 noun
: a dish of something stir-fried

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