Fritter Definition

frĭtər
frittered, frittering, fritters
verb
frittered, frittering, fritters
To reduce or squander little by little.
Frittered his inheritance away.
American Heritage
To break or tear into small pieces.
Webster's New World
To waste (money, time, etc.) bit by bit on petty things.
Webster's New World

(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.
Wiktionary

To sinter.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
storeholdsave
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noun
fritters
A small piece; shred.
Webster's New World
A small cake of fried batter, usually containing corn, fruit, fish or meat, etc.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
batter cakebeignetfriedcake

Other Word Forms of Fritter

Noun

Singular:
fritter
Plural:
fritters

Origin of Fritter

  • Middle English friture from Old French from Late Latin frīctūra from Latin frīctus past participle of frīgere to roast, fry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from fritter fragment probably alteration of fitters from fitter to break into small pieces

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French friture

    From Wiktionary

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