from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Small children.
  • n. Young or small fish.
  • n. Persons or things regarded as unimportant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One or more small or immature fish.
  • n. One or more children.
  • n. One or more persons or things of relatively little consequence, importance, or value.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who is small and insignificant
  • n. a young person of either sex


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  • I could show Woodvale how to use our small fry against enemy ships-of-the-line and frigates … like hornets harrying a herd of bulls!

    Conqueror's Moon

  • What with the strong, far-leaping fish, and the agile, acrobatic birds, the existence of the small fry is one of perplexity and terror.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • This Lukos may be small fry in Knossos, for all his airs.

    The King Must Die


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