crisp

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

Definition of crisp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

crisp

verb
crisped; crisping; crisps

Definition of crisp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : curl
2 : ripple
3 : to become crisp

crisp

noun

Definition of crisp (Entry 3 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

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Other Words from crisp

Adjective

crisply adverb
crispness noun

Synonyms for crisp

Synonyms: Adjective

brickle [dialect], brittle, crispy, crumbly, embrittled, flaky (also flakey), friable, short

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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

An open floor plan combines a living room and dining area with crisp white walls and hardwood floors. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Neon Gold Records founder Derek Davies lists music studio home in Los Feliz," 4 July 2019 In one scene, the fashion rule-breakers pair trunks with a blue oxford shirt and cardigan sweater; in another, with a crisp white polo shirt. Tyler Watamanuk, WSJ, "Is It Ever OK to Wear Swim Trunks as Shorts?," 3 July 2019 Rooms have crisp white and tan hues punctuated with glossy black and dark brown accents. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Legendary Belmond Cap Juluca resort is back and creating a buzz on Anguilla," 2 July 2019 Her crisp white shirtdress is, per Hello!, a custom design from Suzannah. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Makes a Surprise Appearance at Wimbledon in a Perfect Summer Dress," 2 July 2019 Creamy Peruvian aji amarilllo is wrapped in a crisp spring roll shell. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 National will bring a 4-0 district record to the game, a record that’s been fueled by crisp pitching. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 12s snap NASA’s 4-game winning streak to land in District 14 title game," 30 June 2019 The sausage has a crisp casing, along with a heavy dose of black pepper. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Where to find the best barbecue on Chicago’s South Side, where the rib tip and hot link combo is king," 26 June 2019 Grill over direct heat, turning occasionally, until crisp tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Cybelle Tondu, Country Living, "Cowboy Steaks and Potatoes With Broccoli and Cheddar-Scallion Spread," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This recipe pairs that dressing and crisped bacon with orzo, a popular choice for the pasta salads of summer. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 19 June 2019 This recipe pairs that dressing and crisped bacon with orzo, a popular choice for the pasta salads of summer. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 17 June 2019 This recipe pairs that dressing and crisped bacon with orzo, a popular choice for the pasta salads of summer. Washington Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 11 June 2019 On a recent visit, horsehead snapper was buttery with perfectly crisped skin. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 The really basic, white stuff, crisped on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "A Rent Week Egg Salad Recipe for Anyone with Bills," 19 Feb. 2018 Other people respond to crisp sounds, gentle movements, or personal attention via role-playing scenarios, such as a video artist pretending to give you a head massage. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, "How Does ASMR Work? The Science Behind Those Brain-Tingling Sounds," 6 June 2019 So talented chef de cuisine Lindsay McClain, who produced an overall outstanding meal, more than compensated by crisping her flavorful rice on the plancha to a tawny crunch for a soccarat that got stealthily slipped into the bottom of the pan. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Pizza landmark comes to Bucks," 21 Mar. 2018 The salt also helps to draw out moisture, which is an obstacle that may prevent skin from crisping. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Cook Perfectly Crispy Chicken Thighs Every Time," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Institute for Public Policy Research, a leftish think-tank, recently called for more food taxes and for sweets, crisps and soft drinks to be sold in plain packets, as cigarettes already are. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 In the good-news department, Sutherland has entered the Minnesota burger scene with his own cheesy, double-pattied-for-extra-crisp-and-flavor version that squarely lands in my top 10. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 Start with Tartara di Tonno, made from fresh Florida tuna, avocado mousse, rhubarb gel and a squid-ink crisp. Holly V. Kapherr, USA TODAY, "7 romantic ways to reconnect in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades," 4 June 2019 During his testimony before the Senate in April, Zuckerberg marked the occasion by wearing an uncharacteristic crisp suit. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "11 pieces of clothing that explain 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Her crisp, all-white ensemble featured a figure-hugging blazer with a bedazzled lapel, a button-down shirt fastened all the way to the collar, and a dramatic pair of flowy, wide-legged culottes that pooled around the actor’s feet. Andrea Park, Allure, "Blake Lively's Low Ponytail Perfectly Complements Her Sharp White Suit at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards," 21 Aug. 2018 Menu: 1 celery root soup, 1 fine lettuces salad, 1 South Gate burger, 1 warm-bacon frisée salad, 1 warm apple crisp, 2 coffees. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 For extra-crisp, golden skin, broil the chicken for the last few minutes of cooking time. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Herb-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage," 1 Sep. 2010 Kissed with heat and honey, and finished with a cheesy crisp, these babies are made marvelous with a few simple tricks. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July food: Here are 9 last-minute recipes your guests will love," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of crisp

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for crisp

Adjective

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

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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

verb

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

: to make (something) crisp or to become crisp

crisp

noun

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

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

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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