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.
Shilly-shally, to trifle or fritter away time; to be irresolute.
These lead us to take bye-paths and long turnings, and fritter away the strength that should be used in promoting a single aim.
K—— used to fritter away his time on designs for old friends.
I repeat that you fritter away your talents and your opportunities upon this miserable task-work on a journal.
The man who is to be the father of the future dukes must not be allowed to fritter away his time in obscurity.
It is so much nobler to work than it is to fritter away a life doing nothing.
Want to stay in town over night and fritter away your money and the time the government pays for.
"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.)).
To squander and dissipate, esp little by little: These politicians are frittering away whatever credit they still possess with the public
[1728+; fr earlier sense of fritter, ''to break into small pieces'']