or french-fry


verb (used with object), French-fried, French-fry·ing.

to fry in deep fat: to French-fry onion rings.

Origin of French-fry

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

French fries

plural noun

thin strips of potato that have been deep-fried.

Origin of French fries

First recorded in 1915–20
Also called French-fried potatoes. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for french-fry

French fries


1903, American English, earlier French fried potatoes (by 1883). French frieds (1944) never caught on. Simple short form fries attested by 1973. In the Upper Midwest of the U.S., sometimes called American fries (1950).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper