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[frahy] /fraɪ/
verb (used with object), fried, frying.
to cook in a pan or on a griddle over direct heat, usually in fat or oil.
Slang. to execute by electrocution in an electric chair.
verb (used without object), fried, frying.
to undergo cooking in fat or oil.
Slang. to die by electrocution in an electric chair.
noun, plural fries.
a dish of something fried.
a piece of french-fried potato.
a party or gathering at which the chief food is fried, frequently outdoors:
a fish fry.
Origin of fry1
1250-1300; 1925-30 for def 2; Middle English frien < Anglo-French, Old French frire < Latin frīgere to fry
Related forms
fryable, adjective
Can be confused
friable, fryable. Unabridged
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verb fries, frying, fried
when tr, sometimes foll by up. to cook or be cooked in fat, oil, etc, usually over direct heat
(intransitive) (informal) to be excessively hot
(slang, mainly US) to kill or be killed by electrocution, esp in the electric chair
noun (pl) fries
a dish of something fried, esp the offal of a specified animal: pig's fry
(US & Canadian) a social occasion, often outdoors, at which the chief food is fried
(Brit, informal) the act of preparing a mixed fried dish or the dish itself
Word Origin
C13: from Old French frire, from Latin frīgere to roast, fry


plural noun
the young of various species of fish
the young of certain other animals, such as frogs
young children See also small fry
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: young, offspring): perhaps via Norman French from Old French freier to spawn, rub, from Latin fricāre to rub


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Word Origin and History for frying



late 13c., from Old French frire "to fry" (13c.), from Latin frigere "to roast or fry," from PIE *bher- (4) "to cook, bake" (cf. Sanskrit bhrjjati "roasts," bharjanah "roasting;" Persian birishtan "to roast;" Greek phrygein "to roast, bake").

Meaning "execute in the electric chair" is U.S. slang from 1929. To go out of the frying pan into the fire is first attested in Thomas More (1532). The related noun is from 1630s. Related: Fried; frying. Frying pan recorded from mid-14c.


"young fish," late 13c., from Anglo-French frei, from Old French frai "spawn," from froier "to rub, spawn (by rubbing abdomen on sand)." First applied to human offspring 14c. in Scottish, though OED and some other sources trace this usage to Old Norse frjo, fræ "seed, offspring."

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Slang definitions & phrases for frying


  1. To be executed in the electric chair, or to execute someone in the electric chair: I built up a case against Sandmark. You probably could have fried him with it, too/ Apparently everybody in Texas thinks everybody should be fried (1929+)
  2. To punish severely; kick ass, rough up: I'll call the CFTC, the FBI, George Bush, and I'll beg them to fry your ass (1920+)
  3. To upset; anger; piss off (1960s+)
  4. To fail; go down (1980s+ Computer)
  5. To remove the kinks from hair with a hot comb or curling iron (1950s+ Black)
  6. To take LSD; drop (1980s+ Teenagers)
Related Terms

bigger fish to fry, small fry

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