American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce or squander little by little: frittered his inheritance away. See Synonyms at waste.
- v. To break, tear, or cut into bits; shred.
- n. A small cake made of batter, often containing fruit, vegetables, or fish, sautéed or deep-fried.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small cake of batter, sometimes containing a slice of some fruit, clams or oysters either chopped or whole, or the like, sweetened or seasoned, fried in boiling lard, and served hot: as, apple fritters; peach fritters; oyster fritters.
- n. A fragment; a shred; a small piece.
- n. plural Specifically, in whale-fishery, tendinous fibers of the whale's blubber, running in various directions, and connecting the cellular substance which contains the oil. They are what remains after the oil has been tried out, and are used as fuel to try out the next whale.
- To cut, as meat, into small pieces: also used figuratively.
- To break into small pieces or fragments; wear away, as by friction; lose in small pieces or parts.
- n. A dish made by deep-frying food coated in batter.
- v. intransitive To occupy oneself idly or without clear purpose, to tinker with an unimportant part of a project, to dally, sometimes as a form of procrastination.
- v. transitive To sinter.
- v. transitive To cut (meat etc.) into small pieces for frying.
- v. transitive To break into small pieces or fragments.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small quantity of batter, fried in boiling lard or in a frying pan. Fritters are of various kinds, named from the substance inclosed in the batter.
- n. A fragment; a shred; a small piece.
- v. To cut, as meat, into small pieces, for frying.
- v. To break into small pieces or fragments.
- v. spend frivolously and unwisely
- n. small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables
- Probably from fritter, fragment, probably alteration of fitters, from fitter, to break into small pieces.Middle English friture, from Old French, from Late Latin frīctūra, from Latin frīctus, past participle of frīgere, to roast, fry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Meanwhile, the labels fritter away their time and energy filing 26,000 lawsuits against their customers, and have financially ruined Jammie Thomas, an American-Indian single mother of two who the labels (the RIAA) sued and won a judgment of $220,000 for copyright infringement, which is effectively 10 times her annual after-tax salary.”
“Fruit fritters - fruit dipped in batter - particularly apple fritters, were also a popular food on this day, and the name fritter can also be applied to the pancake.”
“My favourite accompaniment to anything fritter is a hot tomato sauce.”
“The grimace on a friend's face as he bit into the fritter was the first sign all was not well.”
“Fortunately, after I bought my venti coffee and apple fritter aka the Doom of Mankind, I rounded the corner to my office, and what did my wondering eyes behold?”
“There's a fried dough ball - a "fritter" - with a hollow core oozing with cream sauce studded with diced conch meat ( ”
“Anything with the word "fritter" in it is okay with me.”
“We liked the "fritter" idea -- the crusty crab puffs had a soft, crab-laced interior -- but found the chive sauce a bit too much about onion for our taste.”
“We weren't as keen on the side of a Comte cheese "fritter," showered with shavings of black truffle that brought nothing to the party.”
“The court heard he had invested the £110,000 back into Octopus rather than "fritter" it away on luxuries.”
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