Main definitions of fry in English

: fry1fry2

fry1

verb

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

    • ‘Yet I had never pan fried a chicken.’
    • ‘Food is fried in mustard oil and liberally seasoned with garlic, onions, and fresh ginger.’
    • ‘Wash and remove stalks from spinach before frying lightly in a little butter.’
    • ‘My mother came from Tennessee, and so chicken was fried in deep fat.’
    • ‘The principle ingredients can be deep fried in batter and laid across a garlic and tomato sauce.’
    • ‘Add the potato slices and fry until golden brown.’
    • ‘In the same pan gently fry the onion until it softens.’
    • ‘Shallow fry the stuffed bread evenly on all sides until golden brown.’
    • ‘Poach or lightly fry the eggs and place them on plates.’
    • ‘Heat the butter then gently fry the onions for two to three minutes.’
    • ‘Now fire up the grill and then fry some bacon.’
    • ‘When all's ready, shallow fry the crumbed pork and slice.’
    • ‘Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat.’
    • ‘However, most fish is cooked, often grilled or deep fried in batter (tempura).’
    • ‘Blobs of batter are deep fried until golden brown and crunchy.’
    • ‘Heat the oil then fry the bacon until done (but not crispy) over a medium heat.’
    • ‘Chop up a dozen or so mushrooms and lightly fry in wok.’
    • ‘Flying fish may also be fried in a batter or roasted.’
    • ‘Fry for two minutes then turn over and fry for another two minutes.’
    • ‘Brush well with oil on both sides, and grill or fry until golden brown on both sides.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soon, she had a pot of coffee brewing, fresh orange juice squeezed and had eggs and bacon frying.’
      • ‘He could smell food cooking, baking, frying, and rotting.’
      • ‘While the beans are frying, remove the radicchio from the iced water, pat dry and place on a serving dish.’
      • ‘He smelled bacon frying in the kitchen, and walked towards it.’
      • ‘While the onions are frying, combine the Guinness, honey and currants in a medium mixing bowl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lauren had pancakes going, eggs frying, bacon spitting and toast popped up from the toaster endlessly.’
      • ‘Start with getting the bacon frying in a large fry pan.’
      • ‘Jordan awoke to the smell of what seemed like bacon frying.’
      • ‘Pumpkin seeds overheated and ignited when they were left frying in deep fat at Lancaster University.’
      • ‘There are just a few harrowing moments when 12 cakes are frying in two huge skillets.’
      • ‘As I read it, I can almost smell the beignets frying and feel the sun on my skin.’
      • ‘Was that the sound of things frying on a stove?’
      • ‘Wiley sniffed the air, almost smelling the bacon frying.’
      • ‘While the mushrooms are frying, take a heavy saucepan and melt the remaining butter and stir in the flour.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2informal Destroy.

    ‘drugs fry the brain’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The radiation will cause random bit-flips and can even fry components,’ Brain says.’
    • ‘I swear, recent events had fried my brain cells or something.’
    • ‘But this is not the familiar ‘mobile phones fries your brains and gives you cancer’ bandwagon.’
    • ‘This isn't a record that will help clear a party, but it will still fry your brain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Has my brain been fried with rejection and loneliness?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actually too much studying generally fries my brain.’
    • ‘The painful cry of some one nearly having their brain cells fried gave her the distraction she needed.’
    • ‘Three days of General Hospital was really frying my brain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the shock had done that (a million volts will do that to you), then it had probably fried her brain as well.’
    • ‘Her circuits had been completely fried by and influx of power from the angel Baralam.’
    • ‘If one side didn't fry your brain, the other one would.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1US Execute or be executed by electrocution.
      • ‘Inevitably, love wins the day and the bad guys get fried.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bush has passed a fair proportion of his setting new records for the number of felons you can fry in a single year.’

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’
      • ‘As I left the Extension office, I told her I'd see her at the fish fry.’
      • ‘I learned how to talk over the loud noise in the garage at a fish fry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Others celebrated with a fish fry and, we were told, ample liquid refreshment.’
      • ‘On Saturday, at a Democratic steak fry in Iowa, several presidential candidates stood behind the senator.’
      • ‘In other parts of the country, it might be a fish fry or a crab or oyster boil.’
      • ‘Why, even the Ells Lodge and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) have a fish fry!’
    2. 1.2
      another term for French fries
      • ‘OK, I traded the Chicken Salad Melt for the burger, but the fries seem to keep showing up on my plate.’
      • ‘High-carb foods such as snack chips, fries, pizza and sodas appear to be the biggest culprits.’
      • ‘Parents can now swap fries for a side salad in meals.’
      • ‘Steak sandwiches, mussels and fries, lamb burgers and chips pad out the bar menu, while the dining room offers smart European cuisine.’
      • ‘Sort-of a classic pairing, like champagne and caviar, fries and burgers.’
      • ‘Then you'd be served fast-food burgers, cold fries and a watered-down soft drink and get a bill for $100.’
      • ‘Only in Canada… do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke.’
      • ‘I settled for the House Burger, which came with salad and fries.’
      • ‘I breathed in all the smells of the cafeteria - fries, pizzas, burgers - before releasing it in a large puff of air.’
      • ‘The trauma of that first bite dissolves into the pleasure of a great burger and great fries.’
      • ‘It was mighty tasty with the egg and the fries and the salad.’
      • ‘Eventually, I order a red peas soup as appetizer and a chicken burger with salad and fries.’
      • ‘And she didn't want the fries, soup or salad offered - she wanted fresh fruit, instead.’
      • ‘The place had a lot going for it - burgers and fries, pizza and loud music, a pool table, plus computer screen gambling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The technology can be adapted for producing muffins, pies and pastry from the vending machine, while pizzas, burgers and fries are under development.’
      • ‘He smears the ketchup for the fries on the burger when he eats this.’
      • ‘By now, the fans have had their fill of burgers, fries, pizza, wings and nachos.’
      • ‘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?’

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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the weeks ahead, salmon fry wriggling from beneath the gravel shall surely excite hungry populations of local cutthroat.’
    • ‘Midas cichlids have biparental care; both father and mother fish watch over the fry.’
    • ‘In control broods the fry were sucked into the tubing and then released straight back into the pit.’
    • ‘A number of big trout have been spotted, with browns in particular, up to double figures, seen chasing fry in the margins.’
    • ‘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 true breakthrough, though, has been the rearing of live feed - tiny artemia shrimp and rotifers - to sustain the fry before weaning on to fishmeal.’
    • ‘The huge pylons that acted as refuelling struts reach for the surface, cloaked with extraordinary coral growth and clouds of fry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our habitat zones will help provide food for salmon fry and shelter for adults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Below these, thousands of tiny fry with bulbous blue eyes were swept aside as we finned on deeper into the rocky slit.’
    • ‘I focused next on a little fish fry hiding on a bubble coral.’
    • ‘A marine fish, its fry are transferred to fish ponds and reared in protected conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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

/frī/