1 [frahy]
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.

1250–1300; 1925–30 for def 2; Middle English frien < Anglo-French, Old French frire < Latin frīgere to fry

fryable, adjective

friable, fryable. Unabridged


2 [frahy]
noun, plural fry.
the young of fish.
the young of various other animals, as frogs.
people; individuals, especially children: games that are fun for the small fry.

1325–75; Middle English frie, fry seed, descendant, perhaps < Old Norse frjō seed; cognate with Swedish frö, Gothic fraiw seed


Christopher, 1907–2005, English playwright. Unabridged
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fry1 (fraɪ)
vb (when tr, sometimes foll by up) , fries, frying, fried
1.  to cook or be cooked in fat, oil, etc, usually over direct heat
2.  informal (intr) to be excessively hot
3.  slang chiefly (US) to kill or be killed by electrocution, esp in the electric chair
n , fries, frying, fried, fries
4.  a dish of something fried, esp the offal of a specified animal: pig's fry
5.  (US), (Canadian) a social occasion, often outdoors, at which the chief food is fried
6.  informal (Brit) the act of preparing a mixed fried dish or the dish itself
[C13: from Old French frire, from Latin frīgere to roast, fry]

fry2 (fraɪ)
pl n
1.  the young of various species of fish
2.  the young of certain other animals, such as frogs
3.  See also small fry young children
[C14 (in the sense: young, offspring): perhaps via Norman French from Old French freier to spawn, rub, from Latin fricāre to rub]

Fry (fraɪ)
1.  Christopher. 1907--2005, English dramatist; author of the verse dramas A Phoenix Too Frequent (1946), The Lady's Not For Burning (1948), and Venus Observed (1950)
2.  Elizabeth. 1780--1845, English prison reformer and Quaker
3.  Roger Eliot. 1866--1934, English art critic and painter who helped to introduce the postimpressionists to Britain. His books include Vision and Design (1920) and Cézanne (1927)
4.  Stephen (John). born 1957, British writer, actor, and comedian; his novels include The Liar (1991) and The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000)

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. frire, from L. frigere "to roast or fry," from PIE *bhreu- (cf. Skt. bhrjjati "roasts, bharjanah "roasting;" Pers. birishtan "to roast;" Gk. 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). Related: Fried; frying.

"young fish," 1293, from Anglo-Fr. frei, from O.Fr. frai "spawn," from froier "to rub, spawn (by rubbing abdomen on sand)." First applied to human offspring 14c. in Scot., though OED traces this usage to O.N. frjo, fræ "seed, offspring."
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Computing Dictionary

fry definition

1. To fail. Said especially of smoke-producing hardware failures. More generally, to become non-working. Usage: never said of software, only of hardware and humans. See fried, magic smoke.
2. To cause to fail; to roach, toast, or hose a piece of hardware. Never used of software or humans, but compare fried.

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