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 Brie and honey, tucked into a crisp and lacy envelope of that nutty flour, was a standout, and their raspberry cider was a refreshing way to wash it down. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 23 Oct. 2020 For a reliably soothing ceiling shade, Gibbons recommends Headspace as well as the traditional crisp-white Snow Day. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 9 Best Ceiling Paint Colors (Beyond White), According to Designers," 23 Oct. 2020 Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, until apples are tender and juices bubbling and top is crisp and golden brown. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "This dessert has maximum apple pie goodness for minimal effort," 22 Oct. 2020 Skipping those computationally expensive effects as part of a wider streaming-service launch is ultimately unsurprising, to ensure crisp gameplay performance whenever possible. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Amazon Luna is live, and it’s already out-streaming Google Stadia," 21 Oct. 2020 If a perception of sweetness comes through, beautifully crisp acidity offers balance as a backdrop to exotic florals, fruits and spices. Sara Schneider, SFChronicle.com, "Seven wineries to taste Anderson Valley’s unique white wine," 21 Oct. 2020 Still, even on Zoom, Kebede is very much a model at home—the veneer of commonality suspended by her crisp white shirt. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Staying Power of Liya Kebede," 20 Oct. 2020 Across the North, people are beginning to feel a crisp chill in the evening air, leaves are splashing mountainsides with bright color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Fall Is in the Air: Images of the Season," 20 Oct. 2020 The fat that drips from it is excellent for roasting potatoes and vegetables, and the skin turns golden and crisp, the poultry equivalent of pork cracklings. Ben Fogel, Sunset Magazine, "20 Apple Recipes That You’ll Wish Also Grew on Trees," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Golden Delicious is another great choice for a crisp. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How To Choose the Best Apple for an Apple Crisp," 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, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 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, "‘Driest I’ve seen’: Without summer rains, Arizona cattle ranchers confront tough choices," 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, "Save big on food, appliances, electronics and more with instant savings from Sam’s Club," 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, "18 Rhubarb Recipes To Love Beyond Rhubarb Pie," 12 May 2020 Thus the fried calamari, tender and crisp, glides to the table as if on a barge, and the soup of the day (lentil is especially soothing) could fill a tureen. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Filomena takes generosity to the extreme," 10 Oct. 2019 Bracketing the meatball sub are a pair of sandwiches built around chicken cutlets, tender breast pounded thin, coated with crush breadcrumbs and pan-fried to a golden crisp. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Here's what to order on Chris Bianco's new Italian-American menu at Pane Bianco Van Buren," 27 Jan. 2020 Cheese crisps stand in well for crackers and croutons, whether over salads or in a bowl of soup. NBC News, "Staying home due to the coronavirus? Here's what to stock in your fridge and pantry," 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Each finger of the claw provides another surface for the oven to crisp and for my teeth to crunch. Madison Wilson, TheWeek, "Daydreams of this pastry transport me back to Dublin," 25 Oct. 2020 The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020 The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020 The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Nissan Rogue’s new features, performance, value ready to pressure RAV4 and CR-V," 5 Oct. 2020 The closeups of the musicians during the performance were thoughtfully executed and timely, and the acoustics crisp even via my laptop computer. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: MCASD’s Art Auction 2020 goes online," 1 Oct. 2020 This will help the skin crisp up without overcooking the meat. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "These Air Fryer Chicken Wings Are the Perfect Addition to Your Game Day Menu," 17 Sep. 2020 While all air fryers can crisp up your ingredients, differences between models range in terms of functionality and overall capacity. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "9 top-rated air fryers that can make your meals even more delicious," 20 Aug. 2020 The salt helps crisp up the outside, while the inside gets all nice and melty. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Is Halloumi Cheese and How Do You Prepare It?," 4 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for crisp

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

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Last Updated

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crisp. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for crisp

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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