Origin of fritterfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French fraiture from Classical Latin fractura: see fracture
- Rare to break or tear into small pieces
- to waste (money, time, etc.) bit by bit on petty things: usually with away
Origin of fritter< fritterthe noun
Origin of fritterMiddle English friture from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form frictura from past participle of Classical Latin frigere, fry
transitive verbfrit·tered, frit·ter·ing, frit·ters
- To reduce or squander little by little: frittered his inheritance away. See Synonyms at waste.
- To break, tear, or cut into bits; shred.
Origin of fritterProbably from fritter fragment probably alteration of fitters from fitter to break into small pieces
Origin of fritterMiddle English friture from Old French from Late Latin frīctūra from Latin frīctus past participle of frīgere to roast, fry
(third-person singular simple present fritters, present participle frittering, simple past and past participle frittered)
- (intransitive, often with about or around) To occupy oneself idly or without clear purpose, to tinker with an unimportant part of a project, to dally, sometimes as a form of procrastination.
- I was supposed to do work, but I frittered around all afternoon.
- He can’t figure out how to finish the paper he’s writing, so he’s resorted to frittering with the fonts.
- To sinter.
- To cut (meat etc.) into small pieces for frying.
- To break into small pieces or fragments.
From Old French friture