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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Definitions for fritter

  1. to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by away): to fritter away one's money; to fritter away an afternoon.
  2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.
  3. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by away): to watch one's fortune fritter away.

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Citations for fritter
After I moved to California, gave in to my obsession with horses, and became a single mother, to fritter away an hour meant to fritter away most of the day's allotted writing time. Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, 2005
For years, ever since he had left the Circle, he had been content to fritter away both his time and his gold. Jo Walton, Tooth and Claw, 2003
Origin of fritter
Fritter is most likely a variation of the earlier word fitter, which refers to a fragment or piece. It has been used in English since the 1720s.
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