fritter

Part of speech: verb

To waste little by little; with away.

Part of speech: noun

A small fried cake.

Part of speech: noun

A shred.

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Usage examples "fritter":

  1. Reflect seriously on the true end of existence and no longer fritter it away in vanity and folly. - "A Book For The Young", Sarah French.
  2. He is going to fritter his property away just as he fritters away everything!" - "The Short Cut", Jackson Gregory.
  3. The police regulation, obliging him to pay his debts before leaving Odessa, he seemed to consider peculiarly hard; and, all the time he was with us, kept referring to his having been obliged to fritter away thirty or forty rubles before he could leave. - "Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th ed. Vol. 2 of 2", John Lloyd Stephens.