Fritter meaning

frĭtər
To reduce or squander little by little.

Frittered his inheritance away.

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To break, tear, or cut into bits; shred.
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A small cake made of batter, often containing fruit, vegetables, or fish, sautéed or deep-fried.
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A small piece; shred.
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To break or tear into small pieces.
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To waste (money, time, etc.) bit by bit on petty things.
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A small cake of fried batter, usually containing corn, fruit, fish or meat, etc.
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A dish made by deep-frying food coated in batter.
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A fragment; a shred; a small piece.
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(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.

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To sinter.
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To cut (meat etc.) into small pieces for frying.
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To break into small pieces or fragments.
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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