fry

1
[ frahy ]
/ fraɪ /

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

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.

verb (used without object), fried, fry·ing.

to undergo cooking in fat or oil.
Slang. to die by electrocution in an electric chair.

noun, plural fries.

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Origin of fry

1
1250–1300; 1925–30 for def. 2; Middle English frien<Anglo-French, Old French frire<Latin frīgere to fry

OTHER WORDS FROM fry

fry·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fry

friable, fryable .

Definition for fry (2 of 3)

fry2
[ frahy ]
/ fraɪ /

noun, plural fry for 1, 2; fry or fries for 3.

a young fish: a salmon fry.
a young animal of certain other kinds, as frogs and oysters.
a person, especially a young or unimportant one: The prime minister had to bank on the cooperation of lesser fry.

Origin of fry

2
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English frie, fry “seed, descendant,” perhaps from Old Norse frjō “seed”; cognate with Swedish frö, Gothic fraiw “seed”

Definition for fry (3 of 3)

Fry
[ frahy ]
/ fraɪ /

noun

Christopher, 1907–2005, English playwright.
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British Dictionary definitions for fry (1 of 3)

fry1
/ (fraɪ) /

verb fries, frying or fried

(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

noun plural fries

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

Word Origin for fry

C13: from Old French frire, from Latin frīgere to roast, fry

British Dictionary definitions for fry (2 of 3)

fry2
/ (fraɪ) /

pl n

the young of various species of fish
the young of certain other animals, such as frogs
young childrenSee also small fry

Word Origin for fry

C14 (in the sense: young, offspring): perhaps via Norman French from Old French freier to spawn, rub, from Latin fricāre to rub

British Dictionary definitions for fry (3 of 3)

Fry
/ (fraɪ) /

noun

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)
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