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fritter


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  substance  inclosed  in  the  batter;  as  apple  fritters,  clam 
  fritters,  oyster  fritters. 
 
  2.  A  fragment;  a  shred;  a  small  piece. 
 
  And  cut  whole  giants  into  fritters.  --Hudibras. 
 
  {Corn  fritter}.  See  under  {Corn}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fritter  \Frit"ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Frittered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Frittering}.] 
  1.  To  cut,  as  meat,  into  small  pieces,  for  frying. 
 
  2.  To  break  into  small  pieces  or  fragments. 
 
  Break  all  nerves,  and  fritter  all  their  sense 
  --Pope. 
 
  {To  fritter  away},  to  diminish;  to  pare  off  to  reduce  to 
  nothing  by  taking  away  a  little  at  a  time;  also  to  waste 
  piecemeal;  as  to  fritter  away  time,  strength,  credit, 
  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fritter 
  n  :  small  quantity  of  fried  batter  containing  fruit  or  meat  or 
  vegetables 
  v  :  spend  frivolously  and  unwisely;  "Fritter  away  one's 
  inheritance"  [syn:  {frivol  away},  {dissipate},  {shoot},  {fritter 
  away},  {fool},  {fool  away}] 




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