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frit·ter 1

 (frĭt′ər)
tr.v. frit·tered, frit·ter·ing, frit·ters
1. To reduce or squander little by little: frittered his inheritance away. See Synonyms at waste.
2. To break, tear, or cut into bits; shred.

[Probably from fritter, fragment, probably alteration of fitters, from fitter, to break into small pieces.]

frit·ter 2

 (frĭt′ər)
n.
A small cake made of batter, often containing fruit, vegetables, or fish, sautéed or deep-fried.

[Middle English friture, from Old French, from Late Latin frīctūra, from Latin frīctus, past participle of frīgere, to roast, fry.]
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fritter

(ˈfrɪtə)
vb (tr)
1. (usually foll by away) to waste or squander: to fritter away time.
2. to break or tear into small pieces; shred
n
a small piece; shred
[C18: probably from obsolete fitter to break into small pieces, ultimately from Old English fitt a piece]
ˈfritterer n

fritter

(ˈfrɪtə)
n
(Cookery) a piece of food, such as apple or clam, that is dipped in batter and fried in deep fat
[C14: from Old French friture, from Latin frictus fried, roasted, from frīgere to fry, parch]
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frit•ter1

(ˈfrɪt ər)

v.t.
1. to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usu. fol. by away): to fritter away one's money.
2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.
v.i.
3. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often fol. by away): to watch one's fortune fritter away.
4. to separate or break into fragments: a plastic material having a tendency to fritter.
n.
5. a small piece, fragment, or shred.
[1720–30]
frit′ter•er, n.

frit•ter2

(ˈfrɪt ər)

n.
a small cake of fried batter, often containing corn, fruit, or other food.
[1350–1400; Middle English friture, frytour < Old French friture < Late Latin frīctūra a frying = Latin frict(us), past participle of frīgere to fry1 + -ūra -ure]
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fritter


Past participle: frittered
Gerund: frittering

Imperative
fritter
fritter
Present
I fritter
you fritter
he/she/it fritters
we fritter
you fritter
they fritter
Preterite
I frittered
you frittered
he/she/it frittered
we frittered
you frittered
they frittered
Present Continuous
I am frittering
you are frittering
he/she/it is frittering
we are frittering
you are frittering
they are frittering
Present Perfect
I have frittered
you have frittered
he/she/it has frittered
we have frittered
you have frittered
they have frittered
Past Continuous
I was frittering
you were frittering
he/she/it was frittering
we were frittering
you were frittering
they were frittering
Past Perfect
I had frittered
you had frittered
he/she/it had frittered
we had frittered
you had frittered
they had frittered
Future
I will fritter
you will fritter
he/she/it will fritter
we will fritter
you will fritter
they will fritter
Future Perfect
I will have frittered
you will have frittered
he/she/it will have frittered
we will have frittered
you will have frittered
they will have frittered
Future Continuous
I will be frittering
you will be frittering
he/she/it will be frittering
we will be frittering
you will be frittering
they will be frittering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been frittering
you have been frittering
he/she/it has been frittering
we have been frittering
you have been frittering
they have been frittering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been frittering
you will have been frittering
he/she/it will have been frittering
we will have been frittering
you will have been frittering
they will have been frittering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been frittering
you had been frittering
he/she/it had been frittering
we had been frittering
you had been frittering
they had been frittering
Conditional
I would fritter
you would fritter
he/she/it would fritter
we would fritter
you would fritter
they would fritter
Past Conditional
I would have frittered
you would have frittered
he/she/it would have frittered
we would have frittered
you would have frittered
they would have frittered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fritter - small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetablesfritter - small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables
friedcake - small cake in the form of a ring or twist or ball or strip fried in deep fat
apple fritter - fritter containing sliced apple
corn fritter - fritter containing corn or corn kernels
Verb1.fritter - spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
ware, squander, consume, waste - spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"
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Translations
يُبَدِّدُ ماله، يُبَعْثِر
promarnit
klatte vækødsle bort
sóa smátt og smátt; bruîla
eikvotiiššvaistytišvaistyti
izšķiest

fritter

1 [ˈfrɪtəʳ] N (Culin) → buñuelo m
corn fritterarepa f (Col, Ven)

fritter

2 [ˈfrɪtəʳ] VT (also fritter away) → malgastar, desperdiciar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

fritter

[ˈfrɪtər] nbeignet m
fritter away
vt [+ time, money] → gaspiller
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

fritter

1
vt (Brit: also fritter away) money, timevertun (inf), → vergeuden, verplempern (inf)

fritter

2
n (Cook) → Beignet m, → Schmalzgebackenes nt no plmit Füllung; apple fritterApfelbeignet m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

fritter

[ˈfrɪtəʳ] n (Culin) → frittella
fritter away vt + advsprecare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fritter

(ˈfritə) verb
(often with away) to throw away or waste gradually. He frittered (away) all his money on gambling.
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References in classic literature ?
On Sunday mornings she feasted royally on veal chops and pineapple fritters at "Billy's" restaurant, at a cost of twenty-five cents--and tipped the waitress ten cents.
The sweets on offer were of a small size but there was a variety of banana or pineapple fritter, jelly, cheesecake and ice cream, which again were help yourself buffet style.
However, Riki hit pay dirt with her pineapple fritter (pounds 3.10) - the generous chef plonked four fritters on her plate!
My partner's first foray produced shredded duck and chicken to stuff into lettuce leaves, a deep-fried pineapple fritter, barbecued spare ribs and chicken wings, battered squid and a spring roll.
For the pineapple fritter, pre heat the fryer to 400 degrees.
While it is pretty traditional (no deep-fried Mars Bars here folks), you can get a pineapple fritter for 80p if you fancy something a bit sweeter, and rest assured, there's plenty for kids, such as fish fingers and pizza, and it won't break the bank.
She's well capable of knocking up a killer pineapple fritter and, desperate for her butcher boyfriend and 'great hunk o' spunk' (it means something different in Australia) Kel to propose to her.
Before Pineapple fritter in syrup, scoop of vanilla ice cream (195 calories, 10g fat)
Desserts of Toffee banana and Pineapple fritter, both with ice cream and a glass of fragrant, flowery Brown Brothers' Muscat, finished this delightful experience off with an expert display of the art of deep-fried, brulAe battered fruit.
Huge Waggon Wheels and Walnut Whips, Pineapple fritters, chip shop chips.
We passed on desserts - banana and pineapple fritters, drowned in syrup, are always far too heavy at the end of a meal, although the avocado milk shake sounded intriguing.