Main definitions of fry in English

: fry1fry2

fry1

verb

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

    • ‘Brush well with oil on both sides, and grill or fry until golden brown on both sides.’
    • ‘Chop up a dozen or so mushrooms and lightly fry in wok.’
    • ‘When all's ready, shallow fry the crumbed pork and slice.’
    • ‘Now fire up the grill and then fry some bacon.’
    • ‘Yet I had never pan fried a chicken.’
    • ‘Shallow fry the stuffed bread evenly on all sides until golden brown.’
    • ‘My mother came from Tennessee, and so chicken was fried in deep fat.’
    • ‘Flying fish may also be fried in a batter or roasted.’
    • ‘Blobs of batter are deep fried until golden brown and crunchy.’
    • ‘In the same pan gently fry the onion until it softens.’
    • ‘Add the potato slices and fry until golden brown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat.’
    • ‘Heat the oil then fry the bacon until done (but not crispy) over a medium heat.’
    • ‘Wash and remove stalks from spinach before frying lightly in a little butter.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Poach or lightly fry the eggs and place them on plates.’
    • ‘The principle ingredients can be deep fried in batter and laid across a garlic and tomato sauce.’
    1. 1.1[no object] (of food) be cooked by placing in hot fat in a shallow pan.
      ‘put half a dozen steaks to fry in a pan’
      • ‘There are just a few harrowing moments when 12 cakes are frying in two huge skillets.’
      • ‘Start with getting the bacon frying in a large fry pan.’
      • ‘He could smell food cooking, baking, frying, and rotting.’
      • ‘In the morning she awoke to the aroma of eggs and bacon frying in the kitchen.’
      • ‘Telli woke to the sound of Setisia's voice and the smell of fish frying on the wood stove.’
      • ‘As I read it, I can almost smell the beignets frying and feel the sun on my skin.’
      • ‘While the mushrooms are frying, take a heavy saucepan and melt the remaining butter and stir in the flour.’
      • ‘While the beans are frying, remove the radicchio from the iced water, pat dry and place on a serving dish.’
      • ‘Soon, she had a pot of coffee brewing, fresh orange juice squeezed and had eggs and bacon frying.’
      • ‘Was that the sound of things frying on a stove?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jordan awoke to the smell of what seemed like bacon frying.’
      • ‘While the onions are frying, combine the Guinness, honey and currants in a medium mixing bowl.’
      • ‘Pumpkin seeds overheated and ignited when they were left frying in deep fat at Lancaster University.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wiley sniffed the air, almost smelling the bacon frying.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She asked me what I was doing, how I was doing it, what temperature I was frying in, even what spices I was using.’
      • ‘Wait for governments to take effective action on global warming and you could fry or drown first.’
      • ‘I'll fry and then it'll all peel off and I'll be as white as I was before.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘I swear, recent events had fried my brain cells or something.’
    • ‘Three days of General Hospital was really frying my brain.’
    • ‘Her circuits had been completely fried by and influx of power from the angel Baralam.’
    • ‘And so in an attempt to fry our brains without clueing them in, he's begun to use the rapid-breathing technique.’
    • ‘The painful cry of some one nearly having their brain cells fried gave her the distraction she needed.’
    • ‘Has my brain been fried with rejection and loneliness?’
    • ‘There are great commercials out there, but I don't know if kids are listening to the commercials about frying your brain.’
    • ‘All the drugs he had taken in his lifetime had fried his brain too far for serious conversations.’
    • ‘Actually too much studying generally fries my brain.’
    • ‘If one side didn't fry your brain, the other one would.’
    • ‘If the shock had done that (a million volts will do that to you), then it had probably fried her brain as well.’
    • ‘The thing is, I think Max fried all his nerves so he just laughs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would fry my little brain and suck out what little creativity I have left Thanks.’
    • ‘The first five minutes of the black out fried all the communication channels and security controls.’
    • ‘‘The radiation will cause random bit-flips and can even fry components,’ Brain says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This isn't a record that will help clear a party, but it will still fry your 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.’
    1. 2.1US Execute or be executed by electrocution.
      • ‘I still say we should just fry them all, she muttered.’
      • ‘At the time, White said, people would make comments to her about how ‘it was a shame we couldn't fry them.’’
      • ‘Inevitably, love wins the day and the bad guys get fried.’
      • ‘Bush has passed a fair proportion of his setting new records for the number of felons you can fry in a single year.’
      • ‘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.’
      put to death, carry out a sentence of death on, kill
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noun

  • 1[in singular] A meal of meat or other food cooked by frying.

    children, sons and daughters, progeny, family, youngsters, babies, brood
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    1. 1.1North American A social gathering where fried food is served.
      ‘you'll explore islands and stop for a fish fry’
      • ‘I learned how to talk over the loud noise in the garage at a fish fry.’
      • ‘Others celebrated with a fish fry and, we were told, ample liquid refreshment.’
      • ‘Why, even the Ells Lodge and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) have a fish fry!’
      • ‘On Saturday, at a Democratic steak fry in Iowa, several presidential candidates stood behind the senator.’
      • ‘Over 450 participants toured the manufacturing plant and enjoyed the company's hospitality at a fish fry and party.’
      • ‘The partying included a barbecue and dance, a fish fry and a night at the casinos in nearby Shreveport.’
      • ‘As I left the Extension office, I told her I'd see her at the fish fry.’
      • ‘In other parts of the country, it might be a fish fry or a crab or oyster boil.’
    2. 1.2fries
      another term for French fries
      • ‘The trauma of that first bite dissolves into the pleasure of a great burger and great fries.’
      • ‘The technology can be adapted for producing muffins, pies and pastry from the vending machine, while pizzas, burgers and fries are under development.’
      • ‘High-carb foods such as snack chips, fries, pizza and sodas appear to be the biggest culprits.’
      • ‘So I ordered fish and chips: cod and fries, that came out thusly.’
      • ‘I breathed in all the smells of the cafeteria - fries, pizzas, burgers - before releasing it in a large puff of air.’
      • ‘It was mighty tasty with the egg and the fries and the salad.’
      • ‘She looked at the menu for a good ten minutes before settling on a cheese burger with fries and a coke.’
      • ‘OK, I traded the Chicken Salad Melt for the burger, but the fries seem to keep showing up on my plate.’
      • ‘And she didn't want the fries, soup or salad offered - she wanted fresh fruit, instead.’
      • ‘Eventually, I order a red peas soup as appetizer and a chicken burger with salad and fries.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then you'd be served fast-food burgers, cold fries and a watered-down soft drink and get a bill for $100.’
      • ‘By now, the fans have had their fill of burgers, fries, pizza, wings and nachos.’
      • ‘Steak sandwiches, mussels and fries, lamb burgers and chips pad out the bar menu, while the dining room offers smart European cuisine.’
      • ‘Parents can now swap fries for a side salad in meals.’
      • ‘Only in Canada… do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke.’
      • ‘The place had a lot going for it - burgers and fries, pizza and loud music, a pool table, plus computer screen gambling.’
      • ‘Sort-of a classic pairing, like champagne and caviar, fries and burgers.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

fry

/frī/

Main definitions of fry in English

: fry1fry2

fry2

plural noun

  • 1Young fish, especially when newly hatched.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike salmon, cod fry have no yolk sac on which to survive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our habitat zones will help provide food for salmon fry and shelter for adults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Through the logging practice streams silted up, and the waters were warmed to a level unsuitable for the survival of fry.’
    • ‘Below these, thousands of tiny fry with bulbous blue eyes were swept aside as we finned on deeper into the rocky slit.’
    • ‘Shoals of glittering sardine fry were everywhere, in shimmering clouds so dense they should have come with a warning to epileptics.’
    • ‘Midas cichlids have biparental care; both father and mother fish watch over the fry.’
    • ‘In the weeks ahead, salmon fry wriggling from beneath the gravel shall surely excite hungry populations of local cutthroat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A marine fish, its fry are transferred to fish ponds and reared in protected conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I focused next on a little fish fry hiding on a bubble coral.’
    • ‘In control broods the fry were sucked into the tubing and then released straight back into the pit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The huge pylons that acted as refuelling struts reach for the surface, cloaked with extraordinary coral growth and clouds of fry.’
    1. 1.1 The young of other animals produced in large numbers, such as frogs.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse frjó.

Pronunciation:

fry

/frī/