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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Fry, Roger Fry, Roger Eliot Frynoun

    English painter and art critic (1866-1934)

  2. Fry, Christopher Frynoun

    English dramatist noted for his comic verse dramas (born 1907)

  3. child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestlingverb

    a young person of either sex

    "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

  4. fryverb

    be excessively hot

    "If the children stay out on the beach for another hour, they'll be fried"

  5. fryverb

    cook on a hot surface using fat

    "fry the pancakes"

  6. electrocute, fryverb

    kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair

    "The serial killer was electrocuted"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Frynoun

    Etymology: from froe, foam, Danish. Skinner.

    They come to us, but us love draws;
    He swallows us, and never chaws:
    By him, as by chain’d shot, whole ranks do die;
    He is the tyrant pike, and we the fry. John Donne.

    Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay,
    With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals
    Of fish, that with their sins and shining scales
    Glide under the green wave in sculls, that oft
    Bank the mid-sea. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    The angler had the hap to draw up a very little fish from among the fry. Roger L'Estrange.

    So close behind some promontory lie
    The huge leviathans, t’ attend their prey;
    And give no chace, but swallow in the fry,
    Which through their gaping jaws mistake the way. Dryd.

    Out of the fry of these rakehell horseboys, growing up in knavery and villany, are their kern continually supplied and maintained. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Them before the fry of children young,
    Their wanton sports and childish mirth did play,
    And to the maidens sounding timbrels sung. Fairy Queen.

    Draw me no constellations there,
    Nor dog, nor goat, nor bull, nor bear;
    Nor any of that monstrous fry
    Of animals that stock the sky. John Oldham.

    The young fry must be held at a distance, and kept under the discipline of contempt. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

  2. Frynoun

    A kind of sieve.

    He dresseth the dust from malt, by running it through a fan or fry. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  3. Frynoun

    A dish of things fried.

    Etymology: from froe, foam, Danish. Stephen Skinner.

  4. To FRYverb

    To dress food by roasting it in a pan on the fire.

    Etymology: frigo, Lat. ffrio, Welsh; frijck, Erse.

  5. To Fryverb

    So when with crackling flames a cauldron fries,
    The bubbling waters from the bottom rise;
    Above the brims they force their fiery way,
    Black vapours climb aloft, and cloud the day. John Dryden, Æn.

    Spices and gums about them melting fry,
    And, phenix like, in that rich nest they die. Edmund Waller.

    Oil of sweet almonds, newly drawn with sugar, and a little spice, spread upon bread toasted, is an excellent nourisher; but then, to keep the oil from frying in the stomach, drink mild beer after it. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Where no ford he finds, no water fries,
    Nor billows with unequal murmurs roar,
    But smoothly slide along, and swell the shoar,
    That course he steer’d. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. FRY

    Serbia and Montenegro (Serbian: Cрбија и Црна Гора, romanized: Srbija i Crna Gora) was a country in Southeast Europe located in the Balkans that existed from 1992 to 2006, following the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia) which bordered Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, Macedonia to the south, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, and Albania to the southwest. The state was founded on 27 April 1992 as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, known as FR Yugoslavia or simply Yugoslavia which comprised the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro. In February 2003, FR Yugoslavia was transformed from a federal republic to a political union until Montenegro seceded from the union in June 2006, leading to the full independence of both Serbia and Montenegro. Its aspirations to be the sole legal successor state to SFR Yugoslavia were not recognized by the United Nations, following the passing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 777, which affirmed that the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had ceased to exist, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was a new state. All former republics were entitled to state succession while none of them continued SFR Yugoslavia's international legal personality. However, the government of Slobodan Milošević opposed any such claims, and as such, FR Yugoslavia was not allowed to join the United Nations. Throughout its existence, FR Yugoslavia had a tense relationship with the international community, as economic sanctions were issued against the state during the course of the Yugoslav Wars and Kosovo War. This also resulted in hyperinflation between 1992 and 1994. FR Yugoslavia's involvement in the Yugoslav Wars ended with the Dayton Agreement, which recognized the independence of the Republics of Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as establishing diplomatic relationships between the states, and a guaranteed role of the Serbian population within Bosnian politics. Later on, growing separatism within the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija, a region of Serbia heavily populated by ethnic Albanians, resulted in an insurrection by the Kosovo Liberation Army, an Albanian separatist group. The outbreak of the Kosovo War reintroduced Western sanctions, as well as eventual Western involvement in the conflict. The conflict ended with the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, which guaranteed economic and political separation of Kosovo from FR Yugoslavia, to be placed under UN Administration.Economic hardship and war resulted in growing discontent with the government of Slobodan Milošević and his allies, who ran both Serbia and Montenegro as an effective dictatorship. This would eventually cumulate in the Bulldozer revolution, which saw his government overthrown, and replaced by one led by the Democratic Opposition of Serbia and Vojislav Koštunica, which also joined the UN.The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ended in 2003 after the Federal Assembly of Yugoslavia voted to enact the Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro, which established the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. As such, the name Yugoslavia was consigned to history. A growing independence movement in Montenegro, led by Milo Đukanović meant that the Constitution of Serbia and Montenegro included a clause allowing for a referendum on the question of Montenegrin independence, after a period of three years had passed. In 2006, the referendum was called, and passed, by a narrow margin. This led to the dissolution of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, and the establishment of the independent republics of Serbia and Montenegro, turning Serbia into a landlocked country. This can be considered the last act which finalized the dissolution of Yugoslavia.


  1. fry

    Fry refers to the act of cooking food by immersing it in hot oil or fat, which is usually done over direct heat. The term can also refer to young, small, recently hatched fish or other water-dwelling animals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fryverb

    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

  2. Fryverb

    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

  3. Fryverb

    to simmer; to boil

  4. Fryverb

    to undergo or cause a disturbing action accompanied with a sensation of heat

  5. Fryverb

    to be agitated; to be greatly moved

  6. Frynoun

    the young of any fish

  7. Frynoun

    a swarm or crowd, especially of little fishes; young or small things in general

  8. Etymology: [OE. frien, F. frire, fr. L. frigere to roast, parch, fry, cf. Gr. , Skr. bhrajj. Cf. Fritter.]


  1. Fry

    Fry was a Formula Two constructor from the United Kingdom. The team was founded by David Fry and Alec Issigonis, whose previous employer John Parkes at Alvis brought his son Mike Parkes as a development driver. The car, built to Formula 2 specifications, was fitted with a Coventry Climax engine and was constructed with several advanced concepts, featuring a semi-monocoque design, an extreme forward driving position and a shark fin on its rear. The Fry F2 made its début appearance in June 1958 at Brands Hatch, with Parkes finishing its first race sixth at the Crystal Palace circuit. Appearing in a number of Formula Two events throughout 1958 and 1959, the car was entered for the Formula One 1959 British Grand Prix. Parkes did not qualify for the race, setting the 27th fastest time, and the car was not entered for another World Championship Grand Prix. The car participated in several more races, before the final appearance with a second place finish at the Brands Hatch Boxing Day event.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fry

    frī, v.t. to dress food with oil or fat in a pan over the fire: to vex.—v.i. to undergo the action of heat in a frying-pan: to simmer: (Spens.) to boil:—pr.p. fry′ing; pa.p. fried.—n. a dish of anything fried.—n. Fry′ing-pan, a flat iron vessel or pan for frying with.—Out of the frying-pan into the fire, out of one evil or danger merely to fall into a greater. [Fr. frire—L. frigĕre; cf. Gr. phrygein.]

  2. Fry

    frī, n. a swarm of fishes just spawned: a number of small things.—Small fry, small things collectively, persons or things of little importance. [M. E. fri—Ice. frió; Dan. and Sw. frö.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fry

    1. vi. To fail. Said especially of smoke-producing hardware failures. More generally, to become non-working. Usage: never said of software, only of hardware and humans. See fried, magic smoke. 2. vt. To cause to fail; to roach, toast, or hose a piece of hardware. Never used of software or humans, but compare fried.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fry

    Young fishes.

Editors Contribution

  1. fryverb

    (of food) be cooked in a pan that contains fat or oil; sizzle.

    The mozzarella sticks were frying in the pan.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

  2. fryverb

    cook in a pan that contains fat or oil.

    We fried some mozzarella sticks!

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

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  1. FRY

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FRY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fry is ranked #909 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fry surname appeared 38,029 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 13 would have the surname Fry.

    91% or 34,641 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 1,190 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 890 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 666 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 434 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 209 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fry in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fry in a Sentence

  1. Jamey Higham:

    This perfume is a great gift for anyone who can't refuse a French fry.

  2. Kaleigh Morin:

    This is a truffle fry, it’s like identical.

  3. Jack Keane:

    Frankly, I dont think its much of an issue, because I think that people have bigger fish to fry, ive come to the conclusion that Guam...has got as deep links with the military as it does with the Catholic faith.

  4. Lorenzo Davis:

    If Officer Fry believed his life was in danger, then his fear was unreasonable, [He] should not have taken this young man's life.

  5. Janet Helm:

    Turn it into a noodle, turn it into a chip, turn it into a fry, there are so many other ways to make them besides steamed and mashed. And all of these are just fantastic roasted in the oven; nothing can go wrong with a little extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.

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