- 1 (fritter something away) Waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters: I wish we hadn’t frittered the money away so easilyMore example sentences
- The worry is that ministers will give the money to councils and it will be frittered away on councillors' pet projects.
- Three shabbily dressed and under - nourished children lived in a Hampshire house of astonishing squalor as their parents frittered their money away on drink, a court heard.
- Taxpayers should make sure that their money isn't frittered away on projects designed to pay back political supporters.
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- It is to be a waster of time, a fritterer of opportunities, and so on.
- If the fritterer is a mother, she gets another check too.
- But the worst fritterers are those wasting over £500 each on takeaways every year in unnecessary eating haste and waste.
early 18th century: based on obsolete fitter 'break into fragments, shred'; perhaps related to German Fetzen 'rag, scrap'.
- A piece of fruit, vegetable, or meat that is coated in batter and deep-fried.More example sentences
- A light batter containing whisked egg whites is used to encase the prepared fruit, and the fritters are coated with caramel and sprinkled with sesame seeds after cooking.
- And instead of the food she loves she'll be served with spam fritters, suet pudding and stewed prunes.
- The tiny purple berries are used to make sparkling jams and the blossoms are deep-fried into fritters.