\ 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


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


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


crisply adverb
crispness noun

Synonyms for crisp

Synonyms: Adjective

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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 Clearly, pumpkin remains the main flavor of fall at Starbucks, but can the apple crisp options stand up to the PSL hype? Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 The shrimp are seasoned with gochujang, fresh ginger and garlic and wrapped up in a cool, crisp Boston lettuce cup to tame the heat. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2021 Not to be gross, but socks will keep your sneakers crisp and white. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 21 July 2021 At least that is one of dozens of claims about where the spud delicacy rose to popularity in the 1960s, when restaurants in Northeast Ohio began serving them with trademarked Flavor-crisp chicken. cleveland, 1 July 2021 Just as the crackers for our soldiers kept sweet and fresh in tins, so Edgemont Crackers … keep crisp and creamy in the Family Tin. Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 To ensure a crisp, satisfying crunch, use a delicious local oil. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 There, milk punch is garnished with boba, and smoky mezcal is mixed with spicy chile crisp oil, chrysanthemum and cashew. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Knox: Whisps has become the number one cheese crisp snack in the country. Dave Knox, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unclear — that the very concept of the show feels burnt to a crisp. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2021 The bagels had just the right crisp-to-chewy ratio. David Hochman, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Then came torrents of rain in June and July, spawning an outbreak of mildew in Burgundy and Champagne, and in August, wildfires burnt vineyards to a crisp in the South of France. David Meyer, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2021 The apple flavor of the iced drink is very subtle, and the presence of cinnamon or any other spice is almost undetectable, but the apple aftertaste has hints of the buttery crust of an apple pie or crisp. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Blackberries alone make a wonderful crisp, but a combination of berries (raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in equal parts) is just as good. New York Times, 30 July 2021 The El Lauro Dark Mexican Lager was easy drinking and crisp. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 July 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New York weather is notoriously unpredictable in September, from sweltering heat to crisp fall breezes. Emily Farra, Vogue, 18 Aug. 2021 Those bright blooms, whose large yellow heads are supposed to follow the sun, are the sure indicator that long hot summer days will soon give way to crisp, cool autumn mornings. cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021 This gives the wine a very mineral-y taste (which, in non-wine-geek terms, basically translates to crisp, dry, and refreshing). Annie Daly, Marie Claire, 25 Aug. 2021 As the intense heat whirs around the meat, the chef stands close, watching the cone and rotating it by hand as one side starts to crisp up. Nick Kindelsperger,, 16 Aug. 2021 The garlic and chiles in the oil will crisp as the dish cooks. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Bind shredded veggies in it, then crisp up your sandwich for a delightful hot-cold sensation. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 Meanwhile, grill pepperoni, turning often, until sizzling and starting to crisp, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a platter. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 May 2021 Better to slick it with oil before cooking to crisp it up, then brush with a flavorful glaze. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of crisp


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


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


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

History and Etymology for crisp


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

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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



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

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



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

: to make (something) crisp or to become crisp


\ 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


crisped; crisping

Kids Definition of crisp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or keep something crispy or fresh

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