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

to cook (food) quickly by cutting into small pieces and stirring constantly in a lightly oiled wok or frying pan over high heat: a common method of Chinese cookery.


a dish of stir-fried meat, vegetables, etc.



Origin of stir-fry

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stir-fry

sear, griddle, fry, pan, frizzle, frizz

Examples from the Web for stir-fry

Contemporary Examples of stir-fry

  • A stir-fry pan is a better compromise--like the illegitimate but much-loved child of a saucepan and a wok.

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    The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide

    Megan McArdle

    December 13, 2012

  • Here are a few pointers to help you find the perfect—and most budget-appropriate—olive oil for your next soup, salad, or stir-fry.

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    The Secrets to Buying Olive Oil

    Jill Donenfeld

    December 1, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for stir-fry


verb -fries, -frying or -fried

to cook (small pieces of meat, vegetables, etc) rapidly by stirring them in a wok or frying pan over a high heat: used esp for Chinese food

noun plural -fries

a dish cooked in this way
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