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crisp

adjective \ ˈkrisp \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

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

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

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 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 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

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First Known Use of crisp

14th century



CRISP Defined for English Language Learners

crisp

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

adjective \ ˈkrisp \

Definition of crisp for Students

crisper; crispest
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

crisply

adverb

crispness

noun

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crisp

verb

Definition of crisp for Students

crisped; crisping
: to make or keep something crispy or fresh


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