• (British) IPA: /ˈfɹɪtə/
  • (America) enPR: frĭtʹər, IPA: /ˈfɹɪtɚ/

fritter (plural fritters)

  1. A dish made by deep-frying food coated in batter.
  2. A fragment; a shred; a small piece.
    • And cut whole giants into fritters.
  • French: beignet
  • German: Küchle, (name of deep-fried ingredient +) im Teigmantel, Bratling
  • Russian: по́нчик

fritter (fritters, present participle frittering; past and past participle frittered)

  1. (intransitive, often with about, around, or away) To squander or waste time, money, or other resources; e.g. 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.
    It is quite possible to fritter one's life away in answer to the endless calls of others.
  2. (transitive) To sinter.
  3. (transitive) To cut (meat etc.) into small pieces for frying.
  4. (transitive) To break into small pieces or fragments.
    • 1728, [Alexander Pope], “(please specify )”, in The Dunciad. An Heroic Poem. In Three Books, Dublin; London: Reprinted for A. Dodd, OCLC 1033416756 ↗:
  • German: prötteln, verzetteln, frickeln
  • Russian: дурью маяться
  • Spanish: malgastar energías
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