Main definitions of fry in English

: fry1fry2

fry1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cook (food) in hot fat or oil, typically in a shallow pan.

    ‘she fried a rasher of bacon, a sausage and a slice of bread’
    ‘I fried up some sardines’
    • ‘Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat.’
    • ‘Now fire up the grill and then fry some bacon.’
    • ‘Poach or lightly fry the eggs and place them on plates.’
    • ‘Shallow fry the stuffed bread evenly on all sides until golden brown.’
    • ‘Chop up a dozen or so mushrooms and lightly fry in wok.’
    • ‘Wash and remove stalks from spinach before frying lightly in a little butter.’
    • ‘Brush well with oil on both sides, and grill or fry until golden brown on both sides.’
    • ‘When all's ready, shallow fry the crumbed pork and slice.’
    • ‘The principle ingredients can be deep fried in batter and laid across a garlic and tomato sauce.’
    • ‘In the same pan gently fry the onion until it softens.’
    • ‘Blobs of batter are deep fried until golden brown and crunchy.’
    • ‘My mother came from Tennessee, and so chicken was fried in deep fat.’
    • ‘Heat the oil then fry the bacon until done (but not crispy) over a medium heat.’
    • ‘Flying fish may also be fried in a batter or roasted.’
    • ‘Add the potato slices and fry until golden brown.’
    • ‘Yet I had never pan fried a chicken.’
    • ‘Fry for two minutes then turn over and fry for another two minutes.’
    • ‘However, most fish is cooked, often grilled or deep fried in batter (tempura).’
    • ‘Heat the butter then gently fry the onions for two to three minutes.’
    • ‘Food is fried in mustard oil and liberally seasoned with garlic, onions, and fresh ginger.’
    1. 1.1[no object](of food) be cooked in hot fat or oil.
      ‘put half a dozen steaks to fry in a pan’
      • ‘He could smell food cooking, baking, frying, and rotting.’
      • ‘Start with getting the bacon frying in a large fry pan.’
      • ‘Soon, she had a pot of coffee brewing, fresh orange juice squeezed and had eggs and bacon frying.’
      • ‘While the beans are frying, remove the radicchio from the iced water, pat dry and place on a serving dish.’
      • ‘Jordan awoke to the smell of what seemed like bacon frying.’
      • ‘Telli woke to the sound of Setisia's voice and the smell of fish frying on the wood stove.’
      • ‘There are just a few harrowing moments when 12 cakes are frying in two huge skillets.’
      • ‘While the mushrooms are frying, take a heavy saucepan and melt the remaining butter and stir in the flour.’
      • ‘These slices join forces with thicker-cut, oak-smoked back bacon with a half-inch strip of cream-coloured fat and strong chestnut rind frying in its own fat.’
      • ‘He smelled bacon frying in the kitchen, and walked towards it.’
      • ‘Lauren had pancakes going, eggs frying, bacon spitting and toast popped up from the toaster endlessly.’
      • ‘As I read it, I can almost smell the beignets frying and feel the sun on my skin.’
      • ‘While the onions are frying, combine the Guinness, honey and currants in a medium mixing bowl.’
      • ‘Wiley sniffed the air, almost smelling the bacon frying.’
      • ‘Was that the sound of things frying on a stove?’
      • ‘Pumpkin seeds overheated and ignited when they were left frying in deep fat at Lancaster University.’
      • ‘In the morning she awoke to the aroma of eggs and bacon frying in the kitchen.’
    2. 1.2informal [no object](of a person) burn or overheat.
      ‘with the sea and sun and wind you'll fry if you don't take care’
      • ‘I'll fry and then it'll all peel off and I'll be as white as I was before.’
      • ‘So get out your hyper-brollies or sun block 10 millions and pray that the weather circle is as far as it goes, and we don't fry or freeze, or whatever in the process.’
      • ‘White-skinned anemic patients on a rest cure, they slop suntan lotion on as if they will fry without it - which they will in this tropical sun.’
      • ‘Wait for governments to take effective action on global warming and you could fry or drown first.’
      • ‘She asked me what I was doing, how I was doing it, what temperature I was frying in, even what spices I was using.’
      • ‘To risk a whole season's work would be madness, yet in our absence how do we ensure that they don't fry in the heat of the hot August sun?’
  • 2informal Destroy.

    ‘drugs fry the brain’
    • ‘If the shock had done that (a million volts will do that to you), then it had probably fried her brain as well.’
    • ‘If one side didn't fry your brain, the other one would.’
    • ‘And so in an attempt to fry our brains without clueing them in, he's begun to use the rapid-breathing technique.’
    • ‘There are great commercials out there, but I don't know if kids are listening to the commercials about frying your brain.’
    • ‘This isn't a record that will help clear a party, but it will still fry your brain.’
    • ‘I swear, recent events had fried my brain cells or something.’
    • ‘‘The radiation will cause random bit-flips and can even fry components,’ Brain says.’
    • ‘The thing is, I think Max fried all his nerves so he just laughs.’
    • ‘All the drugs he had taken in his lifetime had fried his brain too far for serious conversations.’
    • ‘It would fry my little brain and suck out what little creativity I have left Thanks.’
    • ‘Three days of General Hospital was really frying my brain.’
    • ‘The first five minutes of the black out fried all the communication channels and security controls.’
    • ‘Her circuits had been completely fried by and influx of power from the angel Baralam.’
    • ‘Has my brain been fried with rejection and loneliness?’
    • ‘It had occurred before - she had tried tracing a prank video-mail that was sent to her and instead she ended up frying her computer system.’
    • ‘The painful cry of some one nearly having their brain cells fried gave her the distraction she needed.’
    • ‘She was very understanding and said she would rather have one of her good workers take the time off than keep going and completely fry her brain.’
    • ‘But this is not the familiar ‘mobile phones fries your brains and gives you cancer’ bandwagon.’
    • ‘Well, perhaps the memories won't be so clear considering how much I tried to fry my brain, but I certainly managed to pack a lot into the last three years.’
    • ‘Actually too much studying generally fries my brain.’
    1. 2.1US Execute or be executed by electrocution.
      [with object] ‘they fry cop killers in Texas’
      [no object] ‘she had been convicted of murdering her husband, frying in Sing-Sing's electric chair in 1928’
      • ‘Bush has passed a fair proportion of his setting new records for the number of felons you can fry in a single year.’
      • ‘Inevitably, love wins the day and the bad guys get fried.’
      • ‘I still say we should just fry them all, she muttered.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, I think stealing from your shipmates or fellow Marines is one of the worst things you can do and you should fry.’
      • ‘At the time, White said, people would make comments to her about how ‘it was a shame we couldn't fry them.’’

noun

  • 1French fries; chips.

    • ‘The technology can be adapted for producing muffins, pies and pastry from the vending machine, while pizzas, burgers and fries are under development.’
    • ‘Then you'd be served fast-food burgers, cold fries and a watered-down soft drink and get a bill for $100.’
    • ‘She looked at the menu for a good ten minutes before settling on a cheese burger with fries and a coke.’
    • ‘So I ordered fish and chips: cod and fries, that came out thusly.’
    • ‘By now, the fans have had their fill of burgers, fries, pizza, wings and nachos.’
    • ‘I breathed in all the smells of the cafeteria - fries, pizzas, burgers - before releasing it in a large puff of air.’
    • ‘Steak sandwiches, mussels and fries, lamb burgers and chips pad out the bar menu, while the dining room offers smart European cuisine.’
    • ‘It was mighty tasty with the egg and the fries and the salad.’
    • ‘What, please tell me, is the point of eating a steak without the Béarnaise sauce and fries, or the point of pasta without the Parmesan?’
    • ‘The place had a lot going for it - burgers and fries, pizza and loud music, a pool table, plus computer screen gambling.’
    • ‘Only in Canada… do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke.’
    • ‘And she didn't want the fries, soup or salad offered - she wanted fresh fruit, instead.’
    • ‘OK, I traded the Chicken Salad Melt for the burger, but the fries seem to keep showing up on my plate.’
    • ‘The trauma of that first bite dissolves into the pleasure of a great burger and great fries.’
    • ‘He smears the ketchup for the fries on the burger when he eats this.’
    • ‘I settled for the House Burger, which came with salad and fries.’
    • ‘Parents can now swap fries for a side salad in meals.’
    • ‘High-carb foods such as snack chips, fries, pizza and sodas appear to be the biggest culprits.’
    • ‘Eventually, I order a red peas soup as appetizer and a chicken burger with salad and fries.’
    • ‘Sort-of a classic pairing, like champagne and caviar, fries and burgers.’
  • 2[in singular] A fried dish or meal.

    ‘would you like a fry in the morning?’
    children, sons and daughters, progeny, family, youngsters, babies, brood
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    1. 2.1British [mass noun]Any of various types of offal, usually eaten fried.
      • ‘My earliest food memories are all of offal: lamb's fry, black pudding, and brains.’
    2. 2.2North American A social gathering where fried food is served.
      ‘you'll explore islands and stop for a fish fry’
      • ‘On Saturday, at a Democratic steak fry in Iowa, several presidential candidates stood behind the senator.’
      • ‘As I left the Extension office, I told her I'd see her at the fish fry.’
      • ‘Others celebrated with a fish fry and, we were told, ample liquid refreshment.’
      • ‘The partying included a barbecue and dance, a fish fry and a night at the casinos in nearby Shreveport.’
      • ‘Over 450 participants toured the manufacturing plant and enjoyed the company's hospitality at a fish fry and party.’
      • ‘Why, even the Ells Lodge and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) have a fish fry!’
      • ‘I learned how to talk over the loud noise in the garage at a fish fry.’
      • ‘In other parts of the country, it might be a fish fry or a crab or oyster boil.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French frire, from Latin frigere.

Pronunciation:

fry

/frʌɪ/

Main definitions of fry in English

: fry1fry2

fry2

plural noun

  • 1Young fish, especially when newly hatched.

    • ‘A marine fish, its fry are transferred to fish ponds and reared in protected conditions.’
    • ‘Through the logging practice streams silted up, and the waters were warmed to a level unsuitable for the survival of fry.’
    • ‘Regardless of her doctor's orders, Joan joined with the students in releasing their beloved trout fry into the streams at the end of May 2000.’
    • ‘A number of big trout have been spotted, with browns in particular, up to double figures, seen chasing fry in the margins.’
    • ‘After two years the fry have reached about 5 inches long, only then do they finally take the shape of a conger eel and begin their residence on the sea bed.’
    • ‘It is set in picturesque surroundings, and has rich feeding for the stocked rainbows and browns, with shrimp, snails, perch fry and corixae particularly abundant.’
    • ‘Below these, thousands of tiny fry with bulbous blue eyes were swept aside as we finned on deeper into the rocky slit.’
    • ‘The water was the cleanest it had been in more than 100 years and the planting out of trout and salmon fry in the headwaters was beginning to rejuvenate the river as a serious angling prospect once again.’
    • ‘Unlike salmon, cod fry have no yolk sac on which to survive.’
    • ‘Our habitat zones will help provide food for salmon fry and shelter for adults.’
    • ‘The huge pylons that acted as refuelling struts reach for the surface, cloaked with extraordinary coral growth and clouds of fry.’
    • ‘In the weeks ahead, salmon fry wriggling from beneath the gravel shall surely excite hungry populations of local cutthroat.’
    • ‘The caves in the granite cliffs were teeming with fry and there were times when I couldn't see my buddy through clouds of fusiliers, grunts and snappers.’
    • ‘A torchbeam played into the cavernous yawning chasms of cargo holds would shatter like an exploding chandelier, while silver fry splintered and splashed off into the deeper gloom.’
    • ‘In control broods the fry were sucked into the tubing and then released straight back into the pit.’
    • ‘The true breakthrough, though, has been the rearing of live feed - tiny artemia shrimp and rotifers - to sustain the fry before weaning on to fishmeal.’
    • ‘Millions of fry were planted in the headwaters, eroded banks were reconstructed, croys were built in the streamy runs, and new pools were created in various sections of the river.’
    • ‘I focused next on a little fish fry hiding on a bubble coral.’
    • ‘Midas cichlids have biparental care; both father and mother fish watch over the fry.’
    • ‘Shoals of glittering sardine fry were everywhere, in shimmering clouds so dense they should have come with a warning to epileptics.’
    1. 1.1The young of other animals produced in large numbers, such as frogs.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse frjó.

Pronunciation:

fry

/frʌɪ/