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adjective \ˈkrisp\

Simple Definition of crisp

  • : dry, hard, and easily broken

  • : pleasantly firm and making a sharp sound when chewed or crushed

  • : clean, smooth, and somewhat stiff

Full Definition of crisp

  1. 1 :  curly, wavy; also :  having close stiff or wiry curls or waves

  2. 2 a :  easily crumbled :  brittle <a crisp cracker> b :  desirably firm and crunchy <crisp lettuce>

  3. 3 a :  notably sharp, clean-cut, and clear <a crisp illustration>; also :  concise and to the point <a crisp reply> b :  noticeably neat <crisp new clothes> c :  brisk, lively <a crisp tale of intrigue> <crisp musical tempi> d :  briskly cold <crisp winter weather>; also :  fresh, invigorating <crisp autumn air> <a crisp white wine> e :  deftly and powerfully executed <a crisp tennis serve>

crisp·ly adverb
crisp·ness noun

Examples of crisp

  1. I put on a crisp shirt and tie.

  2. The stereo's sound is crisp and clear.

Origin of crisp

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin crispus; akin to Welsh crych curly

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of crisp

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling <a fragile antique chair>. frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy <frangible stone used for paving>. brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness <brittle bones>. crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods <crisp lettuce>. friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>.

Rhymes with crisp




Simple Definition of crisp

  • : to make (something) crisp or to become crisp

Full Definition of crisp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  curl, crimp

  3. 2 :  to cause to ripple :  wrinkle

  4. 3 :  to make or keep crisp

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  curl

  7. 2 :  ripple

  8. 3 :  to become crisp

Examples of crisp

  1. Crisp the celery in ice water.

14th Century

First Known Use of crisp

14th century




Simple Definition of crisp

  • : a thin, hard, and usually salty piece of food

  • : a dessert made of cooked fruit with a sweet, dry topping

Full Definition of crisp

  1. 1 a :  something crisp or brittle <burned to a crisp> <rye crisps> b chiefly British :  potato chip —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a baked dessert of fruit with crumb topping <apple crisp>

14th Century

First Known Use of crisp

14th century

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February 6, 2016

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