fritter

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[ frit-er ]
/ ˈfrɪt ər /

verb (used with object)

to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by away): to fritter away one's money; to fritter away an afternoon.
to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.

verb (used without object)

to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by away): to watch one's fortune fritter away.
to separate or break into fragments: a plastic material having a tendency to fritter.

noun

a small piece, fragment, or shred.

Origin of fritter

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1720–30; earlier fitter, derivative of fit (Old English fitt) a part

SYNONYMS FOR fritter

1 dissipate, frivol away, idle away.

Related forms

frit·ter·er, nounun·frit·tered, adjective

Definition for fritter (2 of 2)

fritter

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[ frit-er ]
/ ˈfrɪt ər /

noun

a small cake of batter, sometimes containing corn, fruit, clams, or some other ingredient, fried in deep fat or sautéed.

Origin of fritter

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1350–1400; Middle English friture, frytour < Old French friture < Late Latin frīctūra a frying, equivalent to Latin frict(us), past participle of frīgere to fry1 + -ūra -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for fritter (1 of 2)

fritter

1
/ (ˈfrɪtə) /

verb (tr)

(usually foll by away) to waste or squanderto fritter away time
to break or tear into small pieces; shred

noun

a small piece; shred

Derived Forms

fritterer, noun

Word Origin for fritter

C18: probably from obsolete fitter to break into small pieces, ultimately from Old English fitt a piece

British Dictionary definitions for fritter (2 of 2)

fritter

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/ (ˈfrɪtə) /

noun

a piece of food, such as apple or clam, that is dipped in batter and fried in deep fat

Word Origin for fritter

C14: from Old French friture, from Latin frictus fried, roasted, from frīgere to fry, parch
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