verb (fries, frying, fried)[with object]
- 1Cook (food) in hot fat or oil, typically in a shallow pan.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of food) be cooked by placing in hot fat in a shallow pan: put half a dozen steaks to fry in a panMore example sentences
- Start with getting the bacon frying in a large fry pan.
- There are just a few harrowing moments when 12 cakes are frying in two huge skillets.
- He smelled bacon frying in the kitchen, and walked towards it.
- 1.2 [no object] • informal (Of a person) burn or overheat: with the sea and sun and wind you’ll fry if you don’t take careMore example sentences
- Wait for governments to take effective action on global warming and you could fry or drown first.
- To risk a whole season's work would be madness, yet in our absence how do we ensure that they don't fry in the heat of the hot August sun?
- White-skinned anemic patients on a rest cure, they slop suntan lotion on as if they will fry without it - which they will in this tropical sun.
- 2 • informal Destroy: drugs fry the brainMore example sentences
- All the drugs he had taken in his lifetime had fried his brain too far for serious conversations.
- There are great commercials out there, but I don't know if kids are listening to the commercials about frying your brain.
- And so in an attempt to fry our brains without clueing them in, he's begun to use the rapid-breathing technique.
- 2.1US Execute or be executed by electrocution.More example sentences
- Bush has passed a fair proportion of his setting new records for the number of felons you can fry in a single year.
- Inevitably, love wins the day and the bad guys get fried.
- Don't get me wrong, I think stealing from your shipmates or fellow Marines is one of the worst things you can do and you should fry.
noun (plural fries)[in singular] Back to top
- 1.1North American A social gathering where fried food is served: you’ll explore islands and stop for a fish fryMore example sentences
- The partying included a barbecue and dance, a fish fry and a night at the casinos in nearby Shreveport.
- As I left the Extension office, I told her I'd see her at the fish fry.
- In other parts of the country, it might be a fish fry or a crab or oyster boil.
- 1.2 (fries) another term for French fries.More example sentences
- By now, the fans have had their fill of burgers, fries, pizza, wings and nachos.
- Steak sandwiches, mussels and fries, lamb burgers and chips pad out the bar menu, while the dining room offers smart European cuisine.
- He smears the ketchup for the fries on the burger when he eats this.
Middle English: from Old French frire, from Latin frigere.
- 1Young fish, especially when newly hatched.More example sentences
- I focused next on a little fish fry hiding on a bubble coral.
- Our habitat zones will help provide food for salmon fry and shelter for adults.
- In the weeks ahead, salmon fry wriggling from beneath the gravel shall surely excite hungry populations of local cutthroat.
Middle English: from Old Norse frjó.