verb (used with object)
1. to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by away): to fritter away one's money; to fritter away an afternoon.
2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.
verb (used without object)
3. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by away): to watch one's fortune fritter away.
4. to separate or break into fragments: a plastic material having a tendency to fritter.
5. a small piece, fragment, or shred.
Origin: 1720-30; earlier fitter, derivative of fit (Old English fitt) a part
1. a small cake of batter, sometimes containing corn, fruit, clams, or some other ingredient, fried in deep fat or sautéed.
Origin:</i> 1350-1400; Middle English friture, frytour < Old French friture < Late Latin frīctūra a frying, equivalent to Latin frict (us), past participle of frīgere to fry + -ūra -ure
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