frit·ter 1 (frĭtər)
tr.v. frit·tered, frit·ter·ing, frit·ters
1. To reduce or squander little by little: frittered his inheritance away. See Synonyms at waste.
2. To break, tear, or cut into bits; shred.
[Probably from fritter, fragment, probably alteration of fitters, from fitter, to break into small pieces.]
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