Definition of fritter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fritter

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BrE BrE//ˈfrɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪtər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fritter
BrE BrE//ˈfrɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪtər//
 
he / she / it fritters
BrE BrE//ˈfrɪtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪtərz//
 
past simple frittered
BrE BrE//ˈfrɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪtərd//
 
past participle frittered
BrE BrE//ˈfrɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪtərd//
 
-ing form frittering
BrE BrE//ˈfrɪtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪtərɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Originverb early 18th cent.: based on obsolete fitter ‘break into fragments, shred’; perhaps related to German Fetzen ‘rag, scrap’. Phrasal Verbsfritter somethingaway (on something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fritter

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