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 And yet there is still a remarkably capable high-speed road car under the crisp bodywork. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Audi Quattro," 22 May 2020 Think of chile crisp, which is infused with a warmth from a couple of cinnamon sticks, or a pot of basmati rice that's steamed with whole cloves and cardamom pods. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Can You Use Ground Spices When a Recipe Calls for Whole?," 21 May 2020 Serve in bowls, with the crisp guanciale on top along with the rest of the pepper. cleveland, "Top Italian chef’s easy recipe for spaghetti carbonara at home," 20 May 2020 Create a brown rice apple crisp or even a whole-wheat fruit tart. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 Americans are obsessive about crisp skin; the French aren't. TheWeek, "Chicken en Cocotte: France's one pot solution," 17 May 2020 Our crisp, flaky tomato-cheddar tart is topped with cheddar and pecorino cheese, slices of tomato salted to drain out excess moisture, and chopped basil. Saveur, "Savory Tarts," 15 May 2020 Rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for 6-10 minutes until the pastries are deep golden brown on the top and bottom, crisp on the outside, and feel light when they are picked up, indicating that the interior is baked through. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Wendi Poole’s Croissants à la Tartine Bakery," 13 May 2020 Having a crisp, white Victorian-collar, cinched-waist top will not feel good after several hours. Monica Barnett, NBC News, "Wardrobe stylist Monica Barnett: 9 do's and don'ts of dressing during quarantine," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Garner and Garten received help from some of the kids in attendance to make an apple crisp and chipotle sweet mashed potatoes. Mary Honkus, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Garner and Ina Garten Reunite to Cook a Thanksgiving Meal for a Good Cause," 15 Nov. 2019 The tacos were attractive, the crisp of the vegetables a nice contrast to the soft roti — but light on duck. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Mai Thai offers guests a Thai-club sandwich | Review," 31 Oct. 2019 Her intriguing recent oils on canvas and panel at the Los Angeles gallery Luis De Jesus are painted with brushless exactitude, their crisp and controlled surfaces belying personal and interpersonal complexities beneath. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "In Laura Krifka’s paintings, you’re the voyeur looking in with naked attraction," 2 Oct. 2019 The prixe fixe dinner menu ($50 per person) offers three courses complete with one of beaucoup options for dessert, including the peach and fig pavlova or the plum crisp. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 2019 Oktoberfest celebrations kick off Friday in El Cajon, Encinitas and Liberty Station," 26 Sep. 2019 Sunchokes, meanwhile, take on a dark, caramelized character, dressed with spicy aioli and paired with the delicate, salty crisp of kale chips. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This husband-and-wife team's Phoenix restaurant lives up to the hype. Here's what to order," 25 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And pounded and breaded a rib chop or portion of boneless loin to flatten and crisp it for veal Parm or its more elite cousin, veal Milanese? Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Italian Specialty for Spring, Veal, for Takeout and Delivery," 5 May 2020 Look, the leaves rusting and crisping at the edges. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "I gave up on being Superwoman a long time ago. I don’t do everything.," 6 May 2020 The crust crisps nicely and was tasty, and the mild and creamy beer cheese sauce was a delicious change of pace. cleveland, "We ate 130 frozen pizzas and ranked them, worst to best; Nos. 1-2 made by same company," 10 Mar. 2020 Some crisped bacon lardons crunch and break on top. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "It’s chili time: Here are our 7 favorite bowls of red in Dallas," 27 Feb. 2020 Brownies are done when the edges begin to crisp and has risen about 1/4 of an inch. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "Brownies Were Invented at This Chicago Hotel — and You Can Bake the Original Recipe at Home," 6 Apr. 2020 The chicken was meaty and moist, and its skin was still crisped. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A field guide to Milwaukee-area rotisserie chickens, ranging from $4.50 to a $40 meal," 10 Mar. 2020 So get your Cosori and start crisping up your foods ASAP; this price will only last for one day. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Cosori's Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer is on sale at Amazon," 13 Dec. 2019 In his first Slow Food Fast recipe, Mr. Krajeck calls for searing chicken thighs to crisp the skin, roasting them and then finishing them in a pan sauce of chicken stock, preserved lemon, garlic and butter. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Quick Roast Chicken Is a Weeknight Lifesaver," 19 Feb. 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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The first known use of crisp was before the 12th century

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25 May 2020

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“Crisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crisp. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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