verb (used with object), French-fried, French-fry·ing.
- to fry in deep fat: to French-fry onion rings.
- thin strips of potato that have been deep-fried.
1903, American English, earlier French fried potatoes (by 1883). French frieds (1944) never caught on. Simple short form fries attested by 1973. In the Upper Midwest of the U.S., sometimes called American fries (1950).