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Definition fry

Etymology 1

From Middle English frien, borrowed from Old French frire, from Latin frīgō (“to roast, fry”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-. Cognate with Ancient Greek φρύγω (phrúgō, “I roast, bake”), Sanskrit भृज्ज् (bhṛjjati, “to roast, grill, fry”), भृग् (bhṛg, “the crackling of fire”)

Verb

fry (third-person singular simple present fries, present participle frying, simple past and past participle fried)

  1. A method of cooking food.
    1. (transitive) To cook (something) in hot fat.
    2. (intransitive) To cook in hot fat.
  2. To be affected by extreme heat or current.
    1. (intransitive, colloquial) To suffer because of too much heat.
    2. (intransitive, slang) To be executed by the electric chair.
    3. (transitive, informal) To destroy (something, usually electronic) with excessive heat, voltage, or current.
Noun

fry (plural fries)

  1. (usually in the plural, fries, chiefly Canada and US) A fried strip of potato.
  2. (Ireland, Britain) A meal of fried sausages, bacon, eggs, etc.
  3. (colloquial, archaic) A state of excitement.

Etymology 2

From Middle English fry (“seed, offspring”), from Old Norse frjó (“seed, semen”), from Proto-Germanic *fraiwą (“seed, semen, offspring”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)per-, *(s)prei- (“to strew, sow”). Cognate with Icelandic frjó (“pollen, seed”), Icelandic fræ (“seed”), Swedish frö (“seed, embryo, grain, germ”), Danish and Norwegian frø (“seed”), Gothic ????? (fraiw, “seed”).

Noun

fry (uncountable)

  1. (now chiefly Britain dialectal) Offspring; progeny; children; brood.
  2. Young fish; fishlings.
  3. (archaic) A swarm, especially of something small.
  4. (Britain dialectal) The spawn of frogs.

Etymology 3

Dialectal, of obscure origin.

Noun

fry (plural fries)

  1. A kind of sieve.
  2. A drain.

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