|2.||to break or tear into small pieces; shred|
|3.||a small piece; shred|
|[C18: probably from obsolete fitter to break into small pieces, ultimately from Old English fitt a piece]|
any of three types of fried foods. Plain fritters are deep-fried cakes of chou paste or a yeast dough. In a second type bits of meat, seafood, vegetables, or fruit are coated with a batter and deep fried. Small cakes of chopped food in batter, such as corn fritters in the southern United States, are also called fritters.
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