Definitions

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  • v. To squander or waste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. spend frivolously and unwisely

Etymologies

fritter + away (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They spent good money to fritter away the evening in the presence of various Fae and Earthside Supes.

    Changeling

  • When the legislature of 1836-7 met, it refused to fritter away the surplus revenue by distributing it among the counties in proportion to population and taxation,2

    The Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina; A Documentary History, 1790-1840. Vol. I

  • You fritter away our time with food and pleasures and trivial gossip.

    Renegade's Magic

  • He was unaware of her gaze, and she watched him intently, speculating fancifully about the strange warp of soul that led him, a young man with signal powers, to fritter away his time on the writing of stories and poems foredoomed to mediocrity and failure.

    Chapter 20

  • Mere servants of the oecumenical bishop, having no interest in their Arab flock, they were content to fritter away their lives in Constantinople, useless ornaments of the Phanar.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Our lighter thoughts fritter away our humiliation; lofty and self-trusting impulses belie our acts of lowliness, and seem to turn our very prayers into an unreal and intrusive profession; we grow restless, self-guiding, wilful; we take up again a self-confident tone, and lose our seat among those that are poor in spirit; or we grow fretful, and retract our acquiescence in

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

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