The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fritter \Frit"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frittered; p. pr. &
vb. n. Frittering.]
1. To cut, as meat, into small pieces, for frying.
2. To break into small pieces or fragments.
Break all nerves, and fritter all their sense.
To fritter away, to diminish; to pare off; to reduce to
nothing by taking away a little at a time; also, to waste
piecemeal; as, to fritter away time, strength, credit,