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crisp

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adjective \ˈkrisp\

Definition of crisp

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

  2. 2a :  easily crumbled :  brittle a crisp crackerb :  desirably firm and crunchy crisp lettuce

  3. 3a :  notably sharp, clean-cut, and clear a crisp illustration; also :  concise and to the point a crisp replyb :  noticeably neat crisp new clothesc :  brisk, lively a crisp tale of intrigue crisp musical tempid :  briskly cold crisp winter weather; also :  fresh, invigorating crisp autumn air a crisp white winee :  deftly and powerfully executed a crisp tennis serve

crisply

adverb

crispness

noun

Examples of crisp in a Sentence

  1. I put on a crisp shirt and tie.

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

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Origin and Etymology of crisp

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

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

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crisp

verb

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 in a Sentence

  1. Crisp the celery in ice water.

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First Known Use of crisp

14th century


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crisp

noun

Definition of crisp

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

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

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First Known Use of crisp

14th century



CRISP Defined for English Language Learners

crisp

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adjective

Definition of crisp for English Language Learners

  • : dry, hard, and easily broken

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

  • : clean, smooth, and somewhat stiff

crisp

verb

Definition of crisp for English Language Learners

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

crisp

noun

Definition of crisp for English Language Learners

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

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


CRISP Defined for Kids

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crisp

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adjective \ˈkrisp\

Definition of crisp for Students

crisper

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crispest

  1. 1 :  being thin, hard, and easily crumbled crisp potato chips

  2. 2 :  pleasantly firm and fresh crisp celery

  3. 3 :  being clear and brief a crisp reply

  4. 4 :  pleasantly cool and invigorating :  brisk a crisp autumn day

  5. 5 :  having clear details a crisp photo

crisply

adverb

crispness

noun

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crisp

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verb

Definition of crisp for Students

crisped

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crisping

  1. :  to make or keep something crispy or fresh



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