• WordNet 3.6
    • v fritter spend frivolously and unwisely "Fritter away one's inheritance"
    • n fritter small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fritter A fragment; a shred; a small piece. "And cut whole giants into fritters ."
    • Fritter 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 .
    • Fritter To break into small pieces or fragments. "Break all nerves, and fritter all their sense."
    • Fritter To cut, as meat, into small pieces, for frying.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fritter A small cake of batter, sometimes containing a slice of some fruit, clams or oysters either chopped or whole, or the like, sweetened or seasoned, fried in boiling lard, and served hot: as, apple fritters; peach fritters; oyster fritters.
    • n fritter A fragment; a shred; a small piece.
    • n fritter plural Specifically, in whale-fishery, tendinous fibers of the whale's blubber, running in various directions, and connecting the cellular substance which contains the oil. They are what remains after the oil has been tried out, and are used as fuel to try out the next whale. Hamersly.
    • fritter To cut, as meat, into small pieces: also used figuratively.
    • fritter To break into small pieces or fragments; wear away, as by friction; lose in small pieces or parts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fritter frit′ėr a piece of meat fried: a kind of pancake, a slice of some fruit sweetened, fried, and served hot: a fragment
    • v.t Fritter to break into fragments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OR. fritour, friture, pancake, F. friture, frying, a thing fried, from frire, to fry. See Far (v. t.)


In literature:

But there are always a few who fritter their time, and leave the same as they enter.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Spinach Fritters, 206; Juice, 192.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
John Frederick had foolishly frittered away his forces in Saxon and Bohemian garrisons.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Believe me, the pleasure has nothing to do with wine or fritters, or a silver lamp.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
If you had to fry the fritters, for instance, how would you set about it?
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
Have you ever kept any animal who lived entirely on banana fritters?
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
But Delancy had no time to fritter away on niceties of etiquette.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
Fritters went home, because the public lost interest in his lectures.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
How much better to be overwhelmed there, than to fritter away a butterfly life in the shallows!
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
For six more years he frittered away his strength.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner

In poetry:

Fools of the bread and circus,
fools who have frittered away
our youth and our fire and ambition
in aping empty play.
"Nation Of The Blind" by Ian Mudie
He would answer to "Hi!" or to any loud cry,
Such as "Fry me!" or "Fritter my wig!"
To "What-you-may-call-um!" or "What-was-his-name!"
But especially "Thing-um-a-jig!"
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
And glittering and frittering,
And gathering and feathering,
And whitening and brightening,
And quivering and shivering,
And hurrying and skurrying,
And thundering and floundering;
"The Cataract of Lodore" by Robert Southey
The land is ours, the land will keep,
And Time is nowise near its end;
We hold our birthright all too cheap
Its sacredness to comprehend,
In after years our sons will say,
' Why frittered ye the land away ?'
"The Prodigals" by Robert James Campbell Stead
Beyond the Chiltern coast, this church:
A lighthouse in dry seas of standing corn.
Bees hive in the tower; the outer stone
Pared and frittered in sunlight, flakes with the years:
Clunch crumbles, but silence, exaltation, endures.
"Edlesborough" by Anne Ridler

In news:

Conch fritters with wasabi and hot pepper jelly.
Members of Cacklin' Fritters work a field during the Ringneck Festival Saturday morning.
The itch to ditch officials who fritter away the public trust is growing, as Arnold and his broom bear down on Sacramento.
Queen Fritters au Sabayon , Anyone.
Florida State nearly frittered away a big early lead with some cold shooting.
Salmon Fritter Pita at Tip Top Kitchen (Jodi Miller photo).
This report tells us a lot about where Obama stands politically and the degree to which he has frittered away the promise of his candidacy.
Almost any cooked vegetables—broccoli, zucchini, potato—can be mashed and made into fritters.
If you think that your IT staff fritters away too much of their time at work using Facebook and Twitter, guess again.
The restaurant's calas, the savory rice fritters prepared here with jambalaya, shrimp or andouille, are as good as you might expect, given its name.
Fry the fritters a few at a time until crisp and just beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
Farmer Paula Guilbeau of Heirloom Gardens in Cumming remembers looking forward to Sunday nights on the Louisiana bayou as a child, because that was when her mother, Grace Robichaux, made eggplant fritters.
Of the $6 trillion President Obama has frittered away, how much of that was either direct or indirect White House expenditure.
Latkes, potato pancakes , fritters, whatever you want to call them, these savory morsels are good any time of the year.
Owner Trudy Ellis hails straight from Nassau and specializes in dishes unique to the island, such as conch fritters and whole fried fish.

In science:

God, thou great symmetry, Who put a biting lust in me From whence my sorrows spring, For al l the frittered days That I have spent in shapeless ways Give me one perfect thing.
Symmetry Tests and Standard Model Backgrounds