Origin of fritter; from 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
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 fr&imacron;ct&umacron;ra, from Latin fr&imacron;ctus, past participle of fr&imacron;gere, 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