There are 2 definitions of fritter in English:

fritter1

Syllabification: frit·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈfritər
 
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verb

[with object]
1 (fritter something away) Waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters: I wish we hadn’t frittered the money away so easily
More 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.
Synonyms
squander, waste, misuse, misspend, dissipate; overspend, spend like water, be prodigal with, run through, get through
informal blow, splurge, pour/throw down the drain
1.1 [no object] Dwindle; diminish: the day fritters
2 archaic Divide (something) into small pieces: they become frittered into minute tatters

Origin

early 18th century: based on obsolete fitter 'break into fragments, shred'; perhaps related to German Fetzen 'rag, scrap'.

Derivatives

fritterer

noun
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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.

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There are 2 definitions of fritter in English:

fritter2

Syllabification: frit·ter
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈfritər/

noun

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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French friture, based on Latin frigere (see fry1). Compare with frittata.

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