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Definition of "fritter" []

  • To reduce or squander little by little: frittered his inheritance away. See Synonyms at waste. (verb-transitive)
  • To break, tear, or cut into bits; shred. (verb-transitive)
  • A small cake made of batter, often containing fruit, vegetables, or fish, sautéed or deep-fried. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fritter" in a sentence
  • "Meanwhile, the labels fritter away their time and energy filing 26,000 lawsuits against their customers, and have financially ruined Jammie Thomas, an American-Indian single mother of two who the labels (the RIAA) sued and won a judgment of $220,000 for copyright infringement, which is effectively 10 times her annual after-tax salary."
  • "Fruit fritters - fruit dipped in batter - particularly apple fritters, were also a popular food on this day, and the name fritter can also be applied to the pancake."
  • "My favourite accompaniment to anything fritter is a hot tomato sauce."