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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fritter \Frit"ter\, noun [OR. fritour, friture, pancake, F. friture frying, a thing fried, from frire to fry. See {Far}, verb (used with an object)]

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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fritter \Frit"ter\, verb (used with an object) [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fritter

noun

1: small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables

verb

1: spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance" [syn: {fritter}, {frivol away}, {dissipate}, {shoot}, {fritter away}, {fool}, {fool away}]


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