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.

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM fritter

frit·ter·er, nounun·frit·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fritter away (1 of 2)

fritter1
/ (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 of fritter

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 away (2 of 2)

fritter2
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with fritter away

fritter away

Squander or waste little by little; wear down gradually. For example, She frittered away her salary on odds and ends and saved nothing. This expression was first recorded in Alexander Pope's Dunciad (1728): “How prologues into prefaces decay, And these to notes are fritter'd quite away.”

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