- 3rd person singular present indicative of fry1.
- Charles Carpenter,1887–1967, U.S. linguist.
- to cook in a pan or on a griddle over direct heat, usually in fat or oil.
- Slang. to execute by electrocution in an electric chair.
- to undergo cooking in fat or oil.
- Slang. to die by electrocution in an electric chair.
- a dish of something fried.
- a piece of french-fried potato.
- a party or gathering at which the chief food is fried, frequently outdoors: a fish fry.
Origin of fry1
- the young of fish.
- the young of various other animals, as frogs.
- people; individuals, especially children: games that are fun for the small fry.
Origin of fry2
Examples from the Web for fries
“I think as the ubiquity of French fries prove, everyone loves a crispy fried potato,” he said in an email.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
I promised never again to wax lyrical about the fries in gravy.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
The French fries are made out of real potatoes, the burger is great and you can get it all kinds of ways, and it tastes good.Bill Murray’s Words of Wisdom: On Comedy, the Greatness of In-N-Out, and Searching For Great Love
October 10, 2014
Here, the vocabulary of fast food for many young Brazilians is temaki (hand rolls) instead of burgers and fries.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans
June 25, 2014
One classmate says, “I was just over there eating French fries [but] this girl,” pointing at Nancy, “is the real deal.”The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
These have been separated by Fries and have been called Polystictus.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
For men adrift the blaze of it fries them like fish on a grid.Blackbeard: Buccaneer
Ralph D. Paine
Fries nuvver was no good for nobody 35 at the gawky age, nohow.The Annals of Ann
Kate Trimble Sharber
Many Federalists regretted that Fries was not executed by court-martial.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
As he fries, he reads from a book entitled, Lawrence on Gridiron.American Book-Plates
Charles Dexter Allen
- another name for French fried potatoes
- Christopher . 1907–2005, English dramatist; author of the verse dramas A Phoenix Too Frequent (1946), The Lady's Not For Burning (1948), and Venus Observed (1950)
- Elizabeth . 1780–1845, English prison reformer and Quaker
- Roger Eliot . 1866–1934, English art critic and painter who helped to introduce the postimpressionists to Britain. His books include Vision and Design (1920) and Cézanne (1927)
- Stephen (John). born 1957, British writer, actor, and comedian; his novels include The Liar (1991) and The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000)
- (when tr, sometimes foll by up) to cook or be cooked in fat, oil, etc, usually over direct heat
- (intr) informal to be excessively hot
- slang, mainly US to kill or be killed by electrocution, esp in the electric chair
- a dish of something fried, esp the offal of a specified animalpig's fry
- US and Canadian a social occasion, often outdoors, at which the chief food is fried
- British informal the act of preparing a mixed fried dish or the dish itself
- the young of various species of fish
- the young of certain other animals, such as frogs
- young childrenSee also small fry
Word Origin and History for fries
late 13c., from Old French frire "to fry" (13c.), from Latin frigere "to roast or fry," from PIE *bher- (4) "to cook, bake" (cf. Sanskrit bhrjjati "roasts," bharjanah "roasting;" Persian birishtan "to roast;" Greek phrygein "to roast, bake").
Meaning "execute in the electric chair" is U.S. slang from 1929. To go out of the frying pan into the fire is first attested in Thomas More (1532). The related noun is from 1630s. Related: Fried; frying. Frying pan recorded from mid-14c.
"young fish," late 13c., from Anglo-French frei, from Old French frai "spawn," from froier "to rub, spawn (by rubbing abdomen on sand)." First applied to human offspring 14c. in Scottish, though OED and some other sources trace this usage to Old Norse frjo, fræ "seed, offspring."