He must refuse to fritter away priceless time and energy in the random genialities of the world.
But Delancy had no time to fritter away on niceties of etiquette.
You couldn't expect a person of my importance to fritter away his valuable time catching mice.
But there are always a few who fritter their time, and leave the same as they enter.
These lead us to take bye-paths and long turnings, and fritter away the strength that should be used in promoting a single aim.
I want to keep it in my purse, and fritter it away just as I like.
I repeat that you fritter away your talents and your opportunities upon this miserable task-work on a journal.
Shilly-shally, to trifle or fritter away time; to be irresolute.
It is so much nobler to work than it is to fritter away a life doing nothing.
A variety of pancake or fritter made of eggs and other ingredients.
"whittle away," 1728, from fritters "fragment or shred," possibly from a noun sense, but this is not recorded as early as the verb; perhaps an alteration of 16c. fitters "fragments or pieces," perhaps ultimately from Old French fraiture "a breaking," from Latin fractura. Or perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German vetze "clothes, rags").
"fried batter," late 14c., from Old French friture "fritter, pancake, something fried" (12c.), from Late Latin frictura "a frying," from frigere "to roast, fry" (see fry (v.)).