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1 English painter and art critic (1866-1934) [syn: Roger Fry, Roger Eliot Fry]
2 English dramatist noted for his comic verse dramas (born 1907) [syn: Christopher Fry]
3 a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters" [syn: child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, nestling]


1 be excessively hot; "If the children stay out on the beach for another hour, they'll be fried"
2 cook on a hot surface using fat; "fry the pancakes"
3 kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair; "The serial killer was electrocuted" [syn: electrocute]

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  • , /fraɪ/, /fraI/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ

Etymology 1

from Old French frire, from Latin frigere (to roast or fry), Greek phrygein (to roast, bake), from ProtoIndoEuropean *bhreu- (compare Sanskrit bhrjjati (roasts) bharjanah (roasting), German Braten) - ca. 1290


  1. To cook (something) in hot fat.
  2. To cook in hot fat.
  3. intransitive colloquial To suffer because of too much heat.
    You'll fry if you go out in this sun with no sunblock on.
  4. intransitive informal To be executed by the electric chair.
    He's guilty of murder — he's going to fry.
  5. transitive informal To destroy (something-usually electronic) with excessive heat, voltage, or current.
    If you apply that much voltage, you'll fry the resistor.
to cook (something) in hot fat
cook in hot fat
suffer because of too much heat
  • Finnish: paistua, sulaa
  • Swedish: steka
informal: be executed by the electric chair


  1. (usually in plural fries) (mainly Canada and US) A fried potato.
  2. In the context of "Ireland|UK": A meal of fried sausages, bacon, eggs, etc.
fried potato
meal of fried sausages, bacon, etc

Etymology 2

from Anglo-French. frei, from Old French frai (spawn), from froier (to rub, spawn (by rubbing abdomen on sand))


  1. Young fish.
Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Fry may refer to the following:



In cooking

  • Frying, a method of cooking in a pan or pot which may involve immersion in a fat
  • French fries, potatoes cut into batons and deep-fried, or other foods cooked by frying
    • Fry sauce, a condiment for use with French fries
    • Fry Kids, fictional characters that represent French fries in McDonalds' advertising
    • Frylock, a fictional character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force consisiting of a box of French fries
  • Meals or activities in which fried food is served:
    • Fish fry, especially in the Southern United States
    • Fry-up, chiefly in the United Kingdom
    • Ulster fry, in Ulster, Ireland

In entertainment

Organizations and businesses

Other uses

fry in Czech: Fry
fry in German: Fry
fry in Spanish: Fry
fry in French: Fry
fry in Italian: FRY
fry in Hebrew: פריי
fry in Dutch: Fly
fry in Japanese: フライ
fry in Kölsch: FRY (Watt ėßß datt?)
fry in Russian: Фрай

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Loch Ness monster, alevin, bake, barbecue, baste, be in heat, benthon, benthos, blanch, blaze, bloom, boil, braise, brew, broil, brood, brown, burn, casserole, cetacean, choke, clutch, coddle, combust, cook, course, cover, culinary masterpiece, culinary preparation, curry, devil, dish, do, do to perfection, dolphin, entree, farrow, fingerling, fire, fish, flame, flame up, flare, flare up, flicker, flush, fricassee, frizz, frizzle, game fish, gasp, get, glow, griddle, grill, grilse, hatch, heat, incandesce, kipper, litter, main dish, man-eater, man-eating shark, marine animal, minnow, minny, nekton, nest, oven-bake, pan, pan-broil, panfish, pant, parboil, parch, plankton, poach, porpoise, prepare, prepare food, radiate heat, roast, salmon, saute, scald, scallop, scorch, sea monster, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, sear, seethe, shark, shimmer with heat, shirr, side dish, simmer, smolder, smolt, smother, spark, spat, spawn, sponge, steam, stew, stifle, stir-fry, suffocate, sweat, swelter, toast, tropical fish, whale, young
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