fritter (plural fritters)
- A dish made by deep-frying food coated in batter.
- 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)
- (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.
- (transitive) To sinter.
- (transitive) To cut (meat etc.) into small pieces for frying.
- (transitive) To break into small pieces or fragments.
- 1728, [Alexander Pope], “(
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