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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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
For stir-fries, cut green onions into 1-inch pieces. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2023 Smaller ones should be added at the last minute to stir-fries. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 11 May 2023 Add it to stir-fried dishes at the tail end of cooking. 7. Tina Danze, Dallas News, 5 May 2023 Grill them with some olive oil or cheese, or add to a stir-fry with meat or tofu. Women's Health, 1 May 2023 The dipping and stir-fry sauces are available at Hannaford locations. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 25 Apr. 2023 Maine lobster is on the menu (market price) and can be prepared a variety of ways, including stir-fried with ginger scallion sauce or fried and seasoned with salt and pepper. Michael James Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2023 Its digital display lets camp chefs finetune the cooktop temperature and settings, including eight quick launch buttons for different cooking functions, such as simmer, boil, sauté, and stir-fry. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 Taste, and season with more tamari, chili-garlic sauce and/or vinegar, if desired. Divide the rice among 4 bowls, then top with the stir-fry. Jim Webster, Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2023
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 More

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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 8 Jun. 2023.

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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