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  • IPA(key): /fɹaɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪd



  1. simple past tense and past participle of fry


fried (comparative more fried, superlative most fried)

  1. Cooked by frying.
  2. (specifically, of an egg) Fried with the yolk unbroken.
    He always ate his eggs fried, never scrambled.
  3. Cooked in a deep fryer or pressure fryer or the like after being coated (breaded) in batter; compare deep-fried.
    a bucket of fried chicken
    • 2009, Parameswarakuma Mallikarjunan, Michael O. Ngadi, Manjeet S. Chinnan, Breaded Fried Foods, CRC Press (→ISBN), pages 51, section 3.6.1.:
      Innawong et al. (2006) conducted experiments to study the effect of using nitrogen gas on the quality of fried chicken nuggets during pressure frying in terms of moisture retention and reduction in fat []
    • 2012, Harry W. Lawson, Standards for Fats & Oils, Springer (→ISBN), page 98:
      The level of seasoning is lower when the chicken is to be open kettle fried; this is because the open kettle-fried chicken has a thicker coating of breading than chicken to be pressure fried. [] Gently shake the fry baskets several times to prevent the sticking of chicken pieces to each other, which can cause raw breading spots on the fried chicken.
  4. (colloquial, of computer equipment) Broken as a result of excessive heat or an electrical surge.
    It looks like your motherboard is fried.
  5. (slang)
    1. Stoned; under the influence of drugs.
      Man, I got totally fried on weed at Chad's party.
    2. Drunk; under the influence of alcohol.
      • 1955, Noël Coward, What's Going to Happen to the Tots?
        The police had to send a squad car / When Daddy got fried on vodka
    3. Extremely tired due to exertion or stress; exhausted.
      After nearly twelve hours at the office plus a nightmare commute home, I was fried and couldn’t think of anything but sleep.

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Central Franconian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • fräd (chiefly Moselle Franconian)


From Old High German wrēd(e), northwestern form of reid, from Proto-Germanic *wraiþaz (originally “twisted, bent”, figuratively “hostile, angry”). Cognate with Dutch wreed, English wroth. The attested wrēde could stand for *wreid, but the modern form seems to confirm an irregular early monophthong in this word.

The initial fr- < wr- is regular. Modern dialects usually have r-, but this is a fairly recent development as evidenced by the Middle High German records as well as the fact that fr- remains where there is no Standard German cognate. Compare rieve, but frequentative fribbele, both from the root of Proto-Germanic *wrībaną.



fried (masculine friede, feminine fried, comparative frieder, superlative et friedste) (chiefly Ripuarian)

  1. (of food and drink) tart, sharp to the taste, bitter or sour
  2. (of the weather) rough
  3. (of persons) tough, robust, resilient
  4. (of persons) standoffish, aloof, unkind, callous