crisp

1 of 3

adjective

crisper; crispest
1
a
: easily crumbled : brittle
a crisp cracker
b
: desirably firm and crunchy
crisp lettuce
2
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
: 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
crisply adverb
crispness noun

crisp

2 of 3

noun

plural crisps
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

crisp

3 of 3

verb

crisped; crisping; crisps

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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The day was idyllic, sun bright, air crisp, temperature in the 60s. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 The Prestige has shine-thru keycaps which are made with a process that doesn’t quite produce legends that are completely crisp and clear at the edges. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 When a high waist meets a relaxed straight leg, the results are a clean and crisp jean that will be in your closet for years. Paula Lee, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2024 Brittany, who is a sideline staple, stood out in her crisp white look, but some of her best sartorial moments were yet to come later in the season. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, sound bright and crisp. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 Other good choices include lagers and crisp hard ciders. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Feb. 2024 And lastly, use the pointed tip of the iron to get in smaller spots, like in between buttons on a shirt to achieve a crisp, sophisticated look, Stewart said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 For the trim, Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (117) semi-gloss creates a crisp contrast. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024
Noun
Sargent loved color, satin, and silk, too, and favored crisp, rustling taffeta. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 11 Jan. 2024 The ingredient list included oranges, red cabbage, almonds, wonton crisps, and sliced chicken nuggets on a bed of lettuce drizzled with Honey Sesame Dressing. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 4 Feb. 2024 Chili crisp, capers and parmesan join forces to create an explosion of spicy umami flavor in this gnocchi dish. Anna Rodriguez, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 At the Taiwanese market Yun Hai, which opened its Brooklyn brick-and-mortar in 2022, Tatung rice cookers and Kuai Kuai corn crisps sit alongside artisanal seasonings, condiments, and ceramics sourced directly from brewers, farmers, and craftspeople in Taiwan. Megan Zhang, Saveur, 31 Jan. 2024 For example, spread on hummus or tzatziki dip for a creamy rich texture or hot sauce or chili crisp for some heat. Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 30 Jan. 2024 From birthing to long-distance running, atole has remained a ‘staple nourishment’ for thousands of years To warm up in the crisp of frigid mornings or at the dawn of life, for energy and vitality, there is atole. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 The weather crisps, green and yellow leaves sheathe the sidewalks, and the city looks more out of a film than ever. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023 Combining all the benefits of nutritious greens with the crunch and crisp of, well, crisps, kale chips are not just addictive but a brilliantly healthy choice of snack. Georgia Day, Vogue, 28 Dec. 2023
Verb
Flip again, if needed, to crisp and brown the skin. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Gochujang Chicken Thigh Skewers Buying skin-on, bone-in thighs and deboning them for this recipe is worth it for the skin, which crisps deliciously on the grill. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2024 There’s the fragrance of mangoes ripening in Lamu Town’s friendly market, cutting through the scent of crisping samosas and salty sea air. Jeffrey Gettleman, Travel + Leisure, 30 Dec. 2023 Air fryers are small convection-like ovens that blow hot air around their insides, cooking and crisping food like chicken wings, fries and bacon. Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Bake in preheated oven until squash is tender and edges begin to crisp, about 40 minutes. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Any excess water will prevent them from crisping properly. Anna Theoktisto, Southern Living, 20 Nov. 2023 Kristin Chenoweth is in holiday mode as soon as the slightest chill crisps the air. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 The heat from the panini press crisps the already crusty baguette and melts the buttery potatoes into the rest of the sandwich. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Crisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crisp. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crisp

1 of 3 adjective
1
a
: being thin and hard and easily crumbled
crisp crackers
b
: pleasantly firm and crunchy
crisp lettuce
2
a
: having sharp distinct outlines
a crisp illustration
b
: being clear and brief
a crisp reply
c
: fresh and neat
a crisp housedress
d
: being quick and lively
a crisp performance
a crisp tale of adventure
3
: pleasantly cool and invigorating
a crisp autumn day
crisply adverb
crispness noun

crisp

2 of 3 verb
: to make or become crisp
crisper noun

crisp

3 of 3 noun
: something crisp or brittle
burned to a crisp

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