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or fri·er

  1. a person or thing that fries.
  2. something, as a young chicken, to be cooked by frying.
  3. deep fryer.
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Origin of fryer

First recorded in 1850–55; fry1 + -er1
Can be confusedfriar frier fryer
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Examples from the Web for fryer

Historical Examples

  • When dropping them into the fryer, pick up the 1st, 3rd and 5th strips and pull them upward.

    Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking


  • Miss Fryer was very grave and quiet, but we were not at all afraid of her, for we knew that she was really very kind.

    The Carved Lions

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • I accordingly ordered the launch to be got ready and at two o'clock the next morning Mr. Fryer, the master, set off in her.

  • Miss Fryer was our own pet confectioner, or pastry-cook, as we used to say more frequently then.

    The Carved Lions

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • The appointment of Mr. Fryer to be Financial Commissioner afforded us some relief.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

British Dictionary definitions for fryer



  1. a person or thing that fries
  2. a young chicken suitable for frying
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Word Origin and History for fryer


also frier, 1851 of fish for frying, 1923 of chickens; from fry (v.).

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