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 On a crisp New Year’s Eve morning, Grammer and Edwards set out from Chico toward Edwards’s property in Paradise. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 So many of our travel memories are infused with color: soft-blue velvet skylines, tangerine soaked dusky horizons, and crisp snowy, white mountain mornings. National Geographic, "Here are some of the world's most colorful places," 20 May 2019 On this crisp but sunny Saturday morning of her Bazaar cover shoot, Alicia Vikander is literally floating on air, pirouetting with balletic grace in a Louis Vuitton gown 50 feet above the mossy green. Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Vikander Leaps to New Heights—in Life and Fashion," 13 Mar. 2019 Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mushrooms start to brown and crisp. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Allison Arevalo recipe: Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms," 10 Sep. 2019 Remove wings from marinade and grill with the lid closed, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 15-20 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Crawford’s Barbecue Chicken Wings," 9 Sep. 2019 Cook until the skins are golden brown and crisp, 7 to 9 minutes. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Crispy Chicken Thighs With Garlic and Rosemary," 6 Sep. 2019 Bake until lightly browned and crisp, 20 to 30 minutes, carefully turning once so the tofu cubes brown evenly on the second side. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Indonesian gado-gado a gateway salad," 30 Aug. 2019 Add rosemary and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Marinated Beets," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This bumps heads with an excellent rethinking of chilaquiles roja, an egg dish served on a flat corn crisp with cotija, corn salsa and scallion cream, among compelling savory toppings. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019 They're toasted to a golden crisp and the touch of vanilla is a perfect counterpoint to the salty notes of your favorite breakfast meat. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Planning to storm the castle? Here's a guide to the menu at Arizona's first White Castle," 25 Oct. 2019 One favorite at our table was an Asian pork short rib, deep-fried till crisp, then tossed with salt and a sweet BBQ sauce combining scallions, soy, brown sugar and habanero. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: An exuberant fiesta of culinary delights at the Spicy Green Bean in Glastonbury," 12 Oct. 2019 One person’s crisp is another’s brown betty; a cobbler might be called a buckle by someone else, but there are slight differences. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 2019 One person’s crisp is another’s brown betty; a cobbler might be called a buckle by someone else, but there are slight differences. Marcy Goldman, Washington Post, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 6 Aug. 2019 Summery-souled, fruity cobblers and crisps have been around since Colonial days, when British and European settlers brought their recipes with them. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 2019 Begin by holding it parallel to the ground with another person, and fold the lower stripes lengthwise over the Union, keeping the edges of the flag crisp and straight. Fold it lengthwise again, keeping the blue Union on the outside. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 The crust is a big player in that - crisp, not too heavy, not too flimsy. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The new fried chicken in Huntsville you have to try," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then the chickpeas are tossed around in whatever is left (not to crisp, but to take the tinny edge off). Alison Roman, New York Times, "Meatballs Like You Haven’t Seen Them," 21 Oct. 2019 Place the patties into the pan, lower the heat to medium, and cook until browned and crisped on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. CBS News, "The Dish: Healthy recipes from chef Ellie Krieger," 12 Oct. 2019 To render duck fat: Cut the fat into 1-inch chunks, place them in a pot with 1 cup of water and simmer over medium-low until the water has evaporated and the fat has browned and crisped. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cherry Roast Duck," 11 Sep. 2019 The chicken entree, a Frenched chicken breast arrayed with fingerlings and arugula, could have been roasted more to crisp the skin up. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Brizo in Rocky Hill," 10 July 2019 Andouille sausage on a combo platter with sirloin ($23.99) burst with spice and flavor, and crisped to crunchy satisfaction on the stone. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Hot and bothered at Black Rock in Fort Lauderdale, home of DIY steaks and mystery drink prices," 11 Sep. 2019 The potatoes should be done by this time, looking crisped on the outside, puffed and tender when pierced with a knife. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Step up your steak night with cumin-rubbed flank and chimichurri potatoes," 21 Aug. 2019 Step 6 The potatoes should be done by this time, looking crisped on the outside, puffed and tender when pierced with a knife. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "Step up your steak night with cumin-rubbed flank and chimichurri potatoes," 20 Aug. 2019 Follow the method above using a half sheet pan (17 by 11 inches) and 9 ½ cups crisped rice cereal, 6 ½ tablespoons salted butter and one 16-ounce bag of marshmallows. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Campfire marshmallow bars," 25 June 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for crisp

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

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crisp

adjective
How to pronounce crisp (audio)

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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