Fry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fried p. pr. & vb. n. Frying.] To cook in a pan or on a griddle (esp. with the use of fat, butter, or olive oil) by heating over a fire; to cook in boiling lard or fat; as, to fry fish; to fry doughnuts.
Fry, v. i.
1. To undergo the process of frying; to be subject to the action of heat in a frying pan, or on a griddle, or in a kettle of hot fat.
2. To simmer; to boil. [Obs.]
With crackling flames a caldron fries. --Dryden
The frothy billows fry.
3. To undergo or cause a disturbing action accompanied with a sensation of heat.
To keep the oil from frying in the stomach. --Bacon.
4. To be agitated; to be greatly moved. [Obs.]
What kindling motions in their breasts do fry. --Fairfax.
1. A dish of anything fried.
2. A state of excitement; as, to be in a fry. [Colloq.]
1. Zool. The young of any fish.
2. A swarm or crowd, especially of little fishes; young or small things in general.
The fry of children young. --Spenser.
To sever . . . the good fish from the other fry. --Milton.
We have burned two frigates, and a hundred and twenty small fry. --Walpole.
n 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,
v 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]