(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”)
- (Now chiefly UK dialectal) Offspring; progeny; children; brood.
- Young fish; fishlings.
- (archaic) A swarm, especially of something small (a fry of children).
- (UK dialectal) The spawn of frogs.
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”).