- children: a treat for the small fry.
- unimportant persons or objects: Her parties were closed to the small fry.
- small or young fish.
Origin of small fry
Related Words for small fryminor, insignificant, petty, slight, inconsequential, lesser, unimportant, negligible, trivial, secondary, paltry, measly, tiny, frail, feeble, inferior, limited, light, narrow, lad
Examples from the Web for small fry
Historical Examples of small fry
In so far as that fact justifies the small-fry felon, he is justified.Criminal Types
V. M. Masten
The small-fry of fishes were wriggling in wonder to find themselves impounded in small pools.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
George W. Holley
It is the Second-Rates who take kindly to the little people, and are happy in the adulation of the small-fry.The Diva's Ruby
F. Marion Crawford
I become your manager, right from the snap of the pistol, and I begin by keepin' you out of small-fry contests.Motor Matt; or, The King of the Wheel
Stanley R. Matthews
During this big rise these small-fry craft were an intolerable nuisance.
- people or things regarded as unimportant
- young children
- young or small fishes
Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.
Persons of little importance or influence, as in She wasn't about to invite the Washington small fry to the reception. Both usages allude to fry in the sense of “young or small fish.” [Late 1800s]