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1crisp

adjective \ˈkrisp\

: 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
:  curly, wavy; also :  having close stiff or wiry curls or waves
2
a :  easily crumbled :  brittle <a crisp cracker>
b :  desirably firm and crunchy <crisp lettuce>
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
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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

2crisp

verb

: to make (something) crisp or to become crisp

Full Definition of CRISP

transitive verb
1
:  curl, crimp
2
:  to cause to ripple :  wrinkle
3
:  to make or keep crisp
intransitive verb
1
:  curl
2
:  ripple
3
:  to become crisp

Examples of CRISP

  1. Crisp the celery in ice water.

First Known Use of CRISP

14th century

3crisp

noun

: 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
a :  something crisp or brittle <burned to a crisp> <rye crisps>
b chiefly British :  potato chip —usually used in plural
2
:  a baked dessert of fruit with crumb topping <apple crisp>

First Known Use of CRISP

14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
CRISPNESS Defined for Kids

1crisp

adjective \ˈkrisp\
crisp·ercrisp·est

Definition of CRISP for Kids

1
:  being thin, hard, and easily crumbled <crisp potato chips>
2
:  pleasantly firm and fresh <crisp celery>
3
:  being clear and brief <a crisp reply>
4
:  pleasantly cool and invigorating :  brisk <a crisp autumn day>
5
:  having clear details <a crisp photo>
crisp·ly adverb
crisp·ness noun

2crisp

verb
crispedcrisp·ing

Definition of CRISP for Kids

:  to make or keep something crispy or fresh

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