Main definitions of fritter in English

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fritter1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1fritter something awayWaste time, money, or energy on trifling matters:

    ‘I wish we hadn't frittered the money away so easily’
    • ‘The money was not for drugs, they just frittered it away on nothing.’
    • ‘Friends say he didn't accumulate his hard-won winnings just to fritter them away.’
    • ‘Like Tim, Pegg is a fan of comics, Star Wars and frittering hours away on his PlayStation.’
    • ‘Much of it is frittered away here and there, and you may not even really realize how much is spent that way.’
    • ‘The worry is that ministers will give the money to councils and it will be frittered away on councillors' pet projects.’
    • ‘Those who took government compensations frittered them away.’
    • ‘Massive amounts were frittered away on furniture, electrical goods, designer clothes and cosmetics, while gifts were lavished on relatives and friends.’
    • ‘If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won't get it back later.’
    • ‘Taxpayers should make sure that their money isn't frittered away on projects designed to pay back political supporters.’
    • ‘There have been too many negative headlines, plus the nagging argument that money is frittered away on incidentals while hospitals and schools crumble to dust.’
    • ‘One can only hope that the opportunity will not be frittered away as in the past.’
    • ‘Big breakthroughs are dangerous - you find yourself in a position where everyone is at sea and gains can be frittered away just as easily.’
    • ‘Given my propensity for frittering it away, it's better that I have a legal obligation to pay it to her.’
    • ‘And should you have money left over at the end of the month, fritter it away on something you don't really need.’
    • ‘The rest was frittered away on bingo and the Lottery.’
    • ‘Minutes are precious and Mason is loathe to fritter them away on technical difficulties.’
    • ‘We spent them and traded them and frittered them away on drink and food and pleasurable company.’
    • ‘After all, what is the point of making money if you fritter it away on underperforming ventures?’
    • ‘Three shabbily dressed and under - nourished children lived in a Hampshire house of astonishing squalor as their parents frittered their money away on drink, a court heard.’
    • ‘But if we carry on as we are, it will be frittered away on grandiose schemes and unrealistic projects.’
    squander, waste, misuse, misspend, spend unwisely, throw away, dissipate, make poor use of
    overspend, spend like water, throw around like confetti, be prodigal with, be wastefully extravagant with, run through, get through, lose, let money slip through one's fingers
    blow, splurge, chuck something down the drain, pour something down the drain, spend money as if it grew on trees, spend money as if there were no tomorrow, spend money as if it were going out of style
    blue
    piss away
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  • 2archaic Divide (something) into small pieces:

    ‘they become frittered into minute tatters’

Origin

Early 18th century: based on obsolete fitter ‘break into fragments, shred’; perhaps related to German Fetzen rag, scrap.

Pronunciation:

fritter

/ˈfrɪtə/

Main definitions of fritter in English

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fritter2

noun

  • A piece of fruit, vegetable, or meat that is coated in batter and deep-fried:

    ‘banana fritters’
    • ‘Curried Vidalia-onion fritters, lightly battered and skillfully fried, come with a sweet-sour tamarind dipping sauce.’
    • ‘I would have told Evie on our first day together that I was taken with her banana fritters, but she left the table before I could even try.’
    • ‘And instead of the food she loves she'll be served with spam fritters, suet pudding and stewed prunes.’
    • ‘From this pungently unpromising substance we have made a variety of savoury stews and fritters, and saltfish is one of the Caribbean's unexpectedly characteristic flavours.’
    • ‘I go to the kitchen to prepare coffee and tea for the two of us and some banana fritters for Sophia.’
    • ‘The tiny purple berries are used to make sparkling jams and the blossoms are deep-fried into fritters.’
    • ‘Parsnips also make a wonderful soup and terrific fritters, and their long, blond roots are irresistible if roasted until the skinny tails scorch to a crisp.’
    • ‘The latter came as small, flat, easily managed fritters.’
    • ‘A light batter containing whisked egg whites is used to encase the prepared fruit, and the fritters are coated with caramel and sprinkled with sesame seeds after cooking.’
    • ‘You are meant to stick to spare ribs, lemon chicken and banana fritters.’
    • ‘Mum would fill one of those big meat dishes with fritters.’
    • ‘Whether it is his seared scallops with carrot fritters, marinated coriander chicken, coconut and lime and macadamia cake, ricotta hot cakes with honeycomb butter, or sensationally garlicky prawns, Bill's food is happy food.’
    • ‘Zucchini and carrot fritters are a nice vegetarian alternative.’
    • ‘I may have passed on the cream, myself, but I did manage to get three fat fritters past these lips.’
    • ‘You indulge in the bread, butter and omelet or the delicious smelling vegetable cutlets or vegetable fritters.’
    • ‘For the pea fritters, preheat the fryer to 350 degrees.’
    • ‘Cook the fritters in two to three batches, turning them so they cook evenly.’
    • ‘In south India, where they are a major source of protein, many methods are used to prepare lentils for breads, fritters, salads, pancakes and vegetable dishes.’
    • ‘So when she announced they were out of fried apple and banana fritters for dessert, we trusted her recommendation of the fried red bean cakes.’
    • ‘Place a pineapple fritter in the center of the plate and spoon some caramelized pineapple, pineapple slices, and poached pineapple on top.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French friture, based on Latin frigere (see fry). Compare with frittata.

Pronunciation:

fritter

/ˈfrɪtə/