stir-fry

verb
\ ˈstər-ˈfrī How to pronounce stir-fry (audio) \
stir-fried; stir-frying; stir-fries

Definition of stir-fry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stir-fry

noun
\ ˈstər-ˌfrī How to pronounce stir-fry (audio) \

Definition of stir-fry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dish of something stir-fried

First Known Use of stir-fry

Verb

1955, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stir-fry was in 1955

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“Stir-fry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stir-fry. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for stir-fry

stir-fry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stir-fry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fry (something) quickly over high heat while stirring it constantly

stir-fry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stir-fry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dish made of foods (such as meat or vegetables) that are fried quickly over high heat while being stirred constantly

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