Definition of Small fry

1. Noun. Someone who is small and insignificant.

Exact synonyms: Pip-squeak, Squirt
Generic synonyms: Cipher, Cypher, Nobody, Nonentity

2. Noun. A young person of either sex. "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

Definition of Small fry

1. Noun. One or more small or immature fish. ¹

2. Noun. (context: informal) One or more children. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) One or more persons or things of relatively little consequence, importance, or value. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Small Fry

small clauses
small cleaved cell
small coal
small computer system interface
small copper
small coppers
small cranberry
small d democrat
small d democrats
small deep petrosal nerve
small farmer
small for gestational age
small fortune
small forward
small forwards
small fry (current term)
small gross
small heath
small heaths
small hours
small icosihemidodecahedron
small increment sensitivity index
small increment sensitivity index test
small indefinite amount
small indefinite quantity
small interarch distance
small intestine
small intestines
small l liberal

Literary usage of Small fry

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of Herodotus: A New English Version, Ed. with Copious Notes and by Herodotus (1875)
"All other birds and fishes, ment ; and a large double-handled landing-net was employed for shoals of small fry. It is also probable that when the inundation ..."

2. Personal Experiences of a Cub Reporter by Cornelius Vanderbilt (1922)
"CHAPTER XI small fry IN all large newspaper organizations there are certain men trained in particular branches of work, just as there were men trained for ..."

3. The Quarterly Anti-slavery Magazine by American Anti-Slavery Society (1836)
"As some of our readers, who have never travelled beyond the Potomac, may have no idea of the unfortunate plight to which the small-fry slaveholders are ..."

4. Notes on Fish and Fishing by John Jackson Manley (1877)
"De minimis non curat Lex "—" The Law regards not minims"—is an old adage, but one which I must disregard for the nonce in continuing my notes on " small fry ..."

5. A Statistical Account of Bengal by William Wilson Hunter, Herbert Hope Risley, Hermann Michael Kisch (1877)
"small fry are taken at the end of the rains in baskets placed in fields at the outlets for irrigation water ; in the cold weather small fry are caught in ..."

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