See also: Fry




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



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

Etymology 1Edit

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.
    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, intransitive, slang) To 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.
Coordinate termsEdit
  • (be executed in the eletric chair): swing
Derived termsEdit


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
Derived termsEdit

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)

Etymology 2Edit

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.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

Dialectal, of obscure origin.


fry (plural fries)

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


Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of frie



From Old Norse frýja; cognate with Norwegian fry.


fry (preterite frydd)

  1. (transitive) To taunt, challenge one to a fight, wrestling, a bet, etc.
  2. (with infinitive) To dare, have the courage.
    Han frydd säg int gå dill sjössHe dared not go to sea.
  3. (imperative) As a word of challenge.
    Fry däg hit!Come here, I dare you!