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  1. (international standards) ISO 639-2 & ISO 639-3 language code for West Frisian.



  • enPR: frī, IPA(key): /fɹaɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fryen, borrowed from Old French frire, from Latin frīgō (to roast, fry), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-. Cognate with Ancient Greek φρύγω (phrúgō, I roast, bake), Sanskrit भृज्जति (bhṛjjati, to roast, grill, fry), भृग् (bhṛg, the crackling of fire). Replaced native Middle English hirsten, from Old English hierstan (to fry).


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Eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms being fried in a frying pan

fry (third-person singular simple present fries, present participle frying, simple past and past participle fried)

  1. A method of cooking food.
    1. (transitive) To cook (something) in hot fat.
      I am frying the eggs.
      You tellin' me a shrimp fried this rice?
    2. (intransitive) To cook in hot fat.
      The eggs are frying.
    3. (obsolete) To simmer; to boil.[1]
  2. To be affected by extreme heat or current.
    1. (intransitive, colloquial) To suffer because of too much heat.
      You'll fry if you go out in this sun with no sunblock on.
    2. (chiefly US, transitive, intransitive, slang) To execute, or be executed, by the electric chair.
      He's guilty of murder: he's going to fry.
    3. (transitive, informal) To destroy (something, usually electronic) with excessive heat, voltage, or current.
      If you apply that much voltage, you'll fry the resistor.
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  • (be executed in the eletric chair): swing
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fry (plural fries)

  1. (usually in the plural, fries, chiefly Canada and US, cooking) A fried piece of cut potato.
    Synonyms: chip, french fry
  2. (Ireland, Britain, cooking) A meal of fried sausages, bacon, eggs, etc.
    Synonym: fry-up
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, cooking) The liver of a lamb.
    Synonym: liver
  4. (usually in the plural, fries, US, cooking) A lamb or calf testicle.
    Synonyms: prairie oyster, Rocky Mountain oyster, tendergroin
  5. (colloquial, archaic) A state of excitement.
    to be in a fry
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “fry”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English frie (small fry, offspring), of two possible origins:


fry (uncountable)

  1. Young fish; fishlings.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica:
      it is not possible for man to sever the wheat from the tares, the good fish from the other frie; that must be the Angels Ministery at the end of mortall things.
  2. (now chiefly UK dialectal) Offspring; progeny; children; brood.
  3. (archaic) A swarm, especially of something small.
    a fry of children
  4. (UK dialectal) The spawn of frogs.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Dialectal, of obscure origin.


fry (plural fries)

  1. A kind of sieve.
  2. A drain.


Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of frie