There are 2 definitions of fry in English:


Syllabification: fry
Pronunciation: /frī

verb (fries, frying, fried)

[with object]
1Cook (food) in hot fat or oil, typically in a shallow pan.
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  • When all's ready, shallow fry the crumbed pork and slice.
  • Shallow fry the stuffed bread evenly on all sides until golden brown.
  • In the same pan gently fry the onion until it softens.
cook, sauté, sear, brown, sizzle, frizzle, pan-fry, deep-fry, flash-fry
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 pan
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  • 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 care
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  • 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 brain
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

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1A meal of meat or other food cooked by frying.
1.1North American A social gathering where fried food is served: you’ll explore islands and stop for a fish fry
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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There are 2 definitions of fry in English:


Syllabification: fry
Pronunciation: /


1Young fish, especially when newly hatched.
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  • 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.
1.1The young of other animals produced in large numbers, such as frogs.


Middle English: from Old Norse frjó.

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