crisp

adjective
\ ˈkrisp How to pronounce crisp (audio) \
crisper; crispest

Definition of crisp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : easily crumbled : brittle a crisp cracker
b : desirably firm and crunchy crisp lettuce
2a : 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 : briskly cold crisp winter weather also : fresh, invigorating crisp autumn air a crisp white wine
d : deftly and powerfully executed a crisp tennis serve
e : brisk, lively a crisp tale of intrigue crisp musical tempi
3 : curly, wavy also : having close stiff or wiry curls or waves

crisp

noun
plural crisps

Definition of crisp (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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

crisp

verb
crisped; crisping; crisps

Definition of crisp (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make or keep crisp
2 : curl, crimp
3 : to cause to ripple : wrinkle

intransitive verb

1 : to become crisp
2 : curl
3 : ripple

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Other Words from crisp

Adjective

crisply adverb
crispness noun

Synonyms for crisp

Synonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of crisp in a Sentence

Adjective I put on a crisp shirt and tie. The stereo's sound is crisp and clear. Verb Crisp the celery in ice water.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The writing was crisp, with great banter, fun characters, over-the-top action, and the addition of both a heist element as well as excesses like a zombie tiger. Andy Meek, BGR, 29 May 2021 Cover and cook about 10 to 15 minutes more, or until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked through. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, and fry the sandwiches, in batches if necessary, until the cheese has melted evenly and both sides are crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 To finish, lightly panfry or sear on the flattop until both sides are crisp. Diana Davila, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 The almonds are crisp and covered in a light, powdered seasoning. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2021 His decisions involve little thinking and his movement is crisp. Tony East, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 The video quality is crisp and shows more thanks to a wider field of view. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 31 Mar. 2021 And there's perhaps no place more in demand this spring than the Catskills and Hudson Valley, where the snow is melting, the blooms are breaking, and the air is crisp. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It was channeled into a popular crisp, a tribute to the single-serving pies that were an Embers specialty going back to the late 1950s. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Slices of duck breast were placed in the center, their skin and fat rendered to a crisp. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2021 Exasperated by the constant need for repairs and the manufacturer’s reluctance to accept responsibility, the Russian vlogger decided that the best way to solve things was to simply burn the car down to a crisp. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 2 Nov. 2020 Golden Delicious is another great choice for a crisp. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2020 Some say a crisp will always have oats, and crisps and crumbles might have nuts in the mix as well, for extra crunch. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2020 McFee looked down at the dusty ground and touched the toe of his boot to a tuft of golden-brown grass, which was shriveled to a crisp. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 23 Aug. 2020 Snag a new 70-inch 4K smart TV, featuring an ultra crisp, crystal clear picture, for $100 off its usual price. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, 31 July 2020 Here are our favorite rhubarb recipes,from airy rhubarb mousse to sweet rhubarb-strawberry jam and wine-poached rhubarb and poppy seed crisp. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take a look at our picks and don’t let your food crisp up too much on the stove. Chris Hachey, BGR, 4 May 2021 Roast for an additional 8 minutes, or until the salmon is pale and the oranges, fennel and red onions have started to crisp. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 Bake until the bacon begins to crisp, about 10 minutes. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Sichuan chili crisp straight from the jar with a spoon — the best way to fully experience each ingredient and flavor, which changes depending on the bite. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Heat to medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until the garlic starts to to crisp up and the seeds turn golden brown. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Add the rice, vegetables, soy sauce and garlic powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice starts to crisp up a bit, 5 to 7 minutes. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 Nikon D3500 DSLR is an affordable option with a sensitive image sensor that captures crisp images. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2021 Cook in batches, if necessary, so the stalks crisp rather than steam. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of crisp

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for crisp

Adjective

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

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The first known use of crisp was before the 12th century

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“Crisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crisp. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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crisp

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of crisp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: dry, hard, and easily broken
: pleasantly firm and making a sharp sound when chewed or crushed
: clean, smooth, and somewhat stiff

crisp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crisp (Entry 2 of 3)

: a thin, hard, and usually salty piece of food
US : a dessert made of cooked fruit with a sweet, dry topping

crisp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crisp (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (something) crisp or to become crisp

crisp

adjective
\ ˈkrisp How to pronounce crisp (audio) \
crisper; crispest

Kids Definition of crisp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from crisp

crisply adverb
crispness noun

crisp

verb
crisped; crisping

Kids Definition of crisp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or keep something crispy or fresh

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