An example of fry is to put potatoes in hot oil to make french fries.
intransitive verbfried, fry′ing
- to cook or be cooked in a pan or on a griddle over direct heat, usually in hot fat or oil
- to subject or be subjected to the painful or destructive effects of intense heat
- Slang to electrocute or be electrocuted
Origin of fryMiddle English frien from Old French frire from Classical Latin frigere, to fry from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to bake, roast from source Persian birištan, to fry
- a fried food
- [pl.] fried potatoes
- a social gathering at which food is fried and eaten: a fish fry
- young fish
- small adult fish, esp. when in large groups
Origin of fryMiddle English frie, probably a merging of Old Norse frjo, seed, offspring (akin to Gothic fraiw) with Anglo-French frei (Fr frai) from Old French freier, to rub, spawn from Vulgar Latin an unverified form frictiare from Classical Latin fricare, to rub: see friable
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verbfried, fry·ing, fries,
- To cook over direct heat in hot oil or fat.
- Slang To destroy (electronic circuitry) with excessive heat or current: “a power surge to the computer that fried a number of sensitive electronic components” ( Erik Sandberg-Diment )
- To be cooked in a pan over direct heat in hot oil or fat.
- Slang To undergo execution in an electric chair.
- A french fry: ordered fries as a side dish.
- A dish of a fried food.
- A social gathering at which food is fried and eaten: a fish fry.
Origin of fryMiddle English frien from Old French frire from Latin frīgere
- pl. fry a. A recently hatched fish.b. A young salmon living in fresh water that is older than an alevin and younger than a parr or smolt.c. A young animal of certain other groups, such as frogs.
- pl. fry, or fries An individual, especially a young or insignificant person: “These pampered public school boys … had managed to evade the long prison sentences that lesser fry were serving” ( Noel Annan )
Origin of fryMiddle English fri probably from Anglo-Norman frie from Old French frier, froyer to rub, spawn from Latin fricāre to rub
(third-person singular simple present fries, present participle frying, simple past and past participle fried)
- To cook (something) in hot fat.
- (intransitive) To cook in hot fat.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To suffer because of too much heat.
- You'll fry if you go out in this sun with no sunblock on.
- (intransitive, informal) To be executed by the electric chair.
- He's guilty of murder — he's going to fry.
- (informal) To destroy (something, usually electronic) with excessive heat, voltage, or current.
- If you apply that much voltage, you'll fry the resistor.
- (usually in plural fries) (mainly Canada and US) A fried potato.
- (Ireland, UK) A meal of fried sausages, bacon, eggs, etc.
- (colloquial, archaic) A state of excitement.
- to be in a fry
From Middle English frien, from Old French frire, from Latin frīgere (“to roast, fry”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-. Cognate with Ancient Greek φρύγω (phrugō, “I roast, bake”), Sanskrit भृज्ज् (bhṛjjati, “to roast, grill, fry”), भृग् (bhṛg, “the crackling of fire”)
From Middle English fry (“seed, offspring”), from Old Norse frjó (“seed, semen”), from Proto-Germanic *fraiwą (“seed, semen, offspring”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)per-, *(s)prei- (“to strew, sow”). Cognate with Icelandic frjó (“pollen, seed”), Icelandic fræ (“seed”), Swedish frö (“seed, embryo, grain, germ”), Danish frø (“seed”), Gothic [script?] (fraiw, “seed”).