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Meaning of fritter

frit•ter

Pronunciation: (frit'ur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually fol. by away): to fritter away one's money; to fritter away an afternoon.
  2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.
—v.i.
  1. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often fol. by away): to watch one's fortune fritter away.
  2. to separate or break into fragments: a plastic material having a tendency to fritter.
—n.
  1. a small piece, fragment, or shred.

frit•ter

Pronunciation: (frit'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a small cake of batter, sometimes containing corn, fruit, clams, or some other ingredient, fried in deep fat or sautéed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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