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 air was crisp and a breeze made the leaves on the trees shimmy. Sheri Castle, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2021 SkyFarmer is crisp and dry enough to be refreshing on hot days but has the body and mouthfeel to still be satisfying when the thermometer drops and the leaves are falling. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 2 Sep. 2021 In large skillet, cook bacon 15 minutes over medium-low or until bacon is crisp. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 July 2021 His consonants are crisp and his vowels are blatty. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 Add chopped shallots, and cook until bacon is crisp and shallots are caramelized, 6 to 7 more minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 26 July 2021 Not so the extraordinary calamari from Rhode Island, sprinkled with semolina and fried so that parts are crisp and parts are soft. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Arrieta felt his stuff was crisp at times but lacked consistency with his fastball command, especially inside against the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 26 June 2021 But it’s the crisp, clean forest air that’s perhaps most powerful. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Exasperated by the constant need for repairs and the manufacturer’s reluctance to accept responsibility, the Russian vlogger decided that the best way to solve things was to simply burn the car down to a crisp. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 2 Nov. 2020 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, chicagotribune.com, 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

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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“Crisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crisp. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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

noun

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

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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