frit|ter

frit|ter
frit|ter1 «FRIHT uhr», verb, noun.
–v.t.
1. to waste little by little: »

to fritter away one's savings. He frittered away both time and energy reading worthless books. The allies…frittered away precious time in…disputes (H. G. Wells).

2. to cut or tear into small pieces; break into fragments.
–v.i.
to waste or squander resources little by little: »

On the stocks, he'd frittered around…while they sank to seven bucks on each of his eighty shares (James T. Farrell).

–n.
a small piece; fragment.
[< Old French freture, fraiture < Latin frāctūra; see etym. undefracture (Cf.fracture)]
frit´ter|er, noun.
frit|ter2 «FRIHT uhr», noun.
a small cake of batter, containing fruit, meat, or other food, fried in fat: »

corn fritters.

[< Old French friture < Late Latin frīctūra, for frīxūra < Latin frīgere fry]

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  • frit´ter|er — frit|ter1 «FRIHT uhr», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to waste little by little: »to fritter away one s savings. He frittered away both time and energy reading worthless books. The allies…frittered away precious time in…disputes (H. G. Wells). 2. to cut or …   Useful english dictionary

  • frit — frit; frit·il·lar·ia; frit·il·lary; frit·ter·er; frit·ta·ta; frit·ter; frit·to; …   English syllables

  • ter — ter; ter·a·con·ic; ter·a·cryl·ic; ter·a·glin; ter·aph; ter·as; ter·a·tism; ter·a·to·genesis; ter·a·to·gen·ic; ter·a·to·log·i·cal; ter·a·tol·o·gist; ter·a·tol·o·gy; ter·a·to·ma; ter·a·to·sis; ter·bi·um; ter·centennial; ter·centesimal; ter·ce·ron;… …   English syllables

  • fritter — frit·ter …   English syllables

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  • fritter — frit|ter1 [ frıtər ] noun count a food made by covering a piece of food in BATTER and cooking it in hot fat: apple fritters fritter frit|ter 2 [ frıtər ] verb ,fritter a way phrasal verb transitive to waste time or money on things that are not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • fritter — I frit•ter [[t]ˈfrɪt ər[/t]] v. t. 1) to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usu. fol. by away): to fritter away one s money[/ex] 2) to break or tear into small pieces or shreds 3) to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often… …   From formal English to slang

  • er — er·i·an·thus; er·ic; er·i·ca; er·i·ca·ce·ae; er·i·cad; er·i·ca·les; er·i·ce·tal; er·i·ce·tic·o·lous; er·i·coid; er·i·co·phyte; erig·er·on; er·i·glos·sa; er·ik·ite; er·i·na·ceous; er·i·na·ceus; er·in·ite; er·i·nose; er·i·o·bot·rya;… …   English syllables

  • Corn fritter — Fritter Frit ter, n. [OR. fritour, friture, pancake, F. friture frying, a thing fried, from frire to fry. See {Far}, v. t.] 1. A small quantity of batter, fried in boiling lard or in a frying pan. Fritters are of various kinds, named from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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