crisp

adjective
\ ˈkrisp \
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

Choose the Right Synonym for crisp

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 cool, crisp, sweet, slightly acidic melon sings summer in all its bright immediacy, while the Port conjures the complexity of time and wine. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 Uneeda’s fries are a paragon of the golden-crisp, potatoey-tasting, mid-gauge style (skip the poutine, as the gravy is lackluster). Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 BLL’s vibe was crisp, cool California breeze; Sharp Objects is hot, heavy Southern heat. refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects," 9 July 2018 There is strength in her face, framed by a crisp, closely shorn hairstyle. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 The remainder of Fox’s journey is as natty and crisp, and quite lighter of spirit than the reservation story. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Northland' is an entertaining trip along America's 4,000-mile northern border," 3 July 2018 Orange’s crisp, elegant sentences keep things moving unobtrusively, but his greatest strength is his ability to mimic the rhythms of speech without becoming so gimmicky as to be grating. Constance Grady, Vox, "Tommy Orange’s There There is the novel of the summer," 2 July 2018 Warm, a little crisp around the edges soft and melty in the center. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Cookie dough by the scoop: It's a thing in Milford & Mt. Washington & coming to Pendleton," 2 July 2018 The farmers at Sweetwater Organic recommend covering your broccoli head with a moist paper towel in the crisper drawer of your fridge to keep it cool, crisp, and fresh. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cook, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes, until the burgers crisp a little on the bottom, then turn them over and season with the remaining salt and pepper. Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 To the victor goes the browned and crisped layer of cheese clinging to the bottom of the skillet. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "El Patrón in Walker's Point is a new but familiar Mexican restaurant," 19 June 2018 The plain cake is lightly crisped with a touch of sweetness; the raised and glazed is light as a feather with excellent flavor; and the chocolate cake has just a touch of bitter cocoa. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 best donuts in Phoenix: I tried 400, sorry Dunkin' Donuts, you didn't make the cut," 30 May 2018 The California native took on a British accent, and his brown hair was crisped and brightened with peroxide. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "‘Buffy’ vampire James Marsters comes out in the daylight for Comicpalooza," 23 May 2018 Cook, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes, until the burgers crisp a little on the bottom, then turn them over and season with the remaining salt and pepper. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Seared slices of bigeye tuna got a tasty crunch thanks to the fried bubu rice crackers (picture crisped rice) coating the outside. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Urban Hibachi Sushi & Grill plates up elegant Japanese fare," 30 June 2018 This also allows the flesh to pack an herb-y punch without leaving a waterlogged wad of marinade in direct contact with the soon-to-be crisped skin. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Although the skin on the chicken was not crisped, the meat itself was perfectly tender, slight notes of nutmeg and cinnamon keeping the heat from taking over entirely. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Haitian food at Caribbean Cafe will transport your taste buds to the small island," 4 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The tart sip combined with the sudden crisp from the wine makes this a nice, complex drink. Paula Forbes, GQ, "What to Drink With Your Burgers This Summer," 30 June 2018 On the other hand, a salmon dish was a tad chalky, cooked just past the perfect point of moistness, despite a good crisp on the skin. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 Grease a 1 ½- to 2-quart baking dish or make individual crisps using ramekins. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant," 29 May 2018 The daily list of sweets happened to include a mixed berry crisp during a recent dinner visit. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "For breakfast (or any other meal) you can't go wrong at North End Cafe," 23 May 2018 Brett Hutto reached on an infield single to start the fourth, but he was erased on a crisp throw down to second by Mills. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Yankees finish 14-0 record with Mustang City Championship," 22 May 2018 Her dish: Papaya clafoutis with a spicy white chocolate cookie crisp, lingonberry-strawberry compote and lingongerry Greek yogurt. Debora Britz, azcentral, "Joy Bus Diner chef wins 10K on 'Chopped,' brings attention to Phoenix cause," 28 Mar. 2018 During a live reading of the series finale in Los Angeles on Thursday, Washington wore a sequined crop top and crisp, flared white trousers. Jordan Amchin, Vanities, "Week in Fashion: Kerry Washington Kept Olivia Pope Stylish Until the Very End," 20 Apr. 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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Phrases Related to crisp

potato crisp

to a crisp

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More Definitions for crisp

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

: a dessert made of cooked fruit with a sweet, dry topping

crisp

adjective
\ ˈkrisp \
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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