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

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

But as startling as the crisp and, yes, dramatic images may be, a sense of slight monotony sometimes creeps in after so many shots of ice, calving glaciers, heaving waves, sea foam, rain, snow, fog, mist, etc. Michael Sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "Documentary ‘Aquarela’ is a beautifully terrifying immersion," 29 Aug. 2019 Clear, crisp, and lots of berry flavor without being too sweet. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "33 new State Fair beers reviewed: Read this before you drink," 27 Aug. 2019 The region’s crisp, painterly light, neat rows of plane and cypress trees, and a pastel palette pulled straight from a Postimpressionist canvas were among the motivations for the late English author Mayle’s move to a farmhouse in Ménerbes in 1987. Lindsey Tramuta, Fortune, "Purchasing Property in Provence, France," 23 Aug. 2019 Contrasting with the typical crisp, clear diamonds, Gomez’s board immediately caught the attention of Hearts on Fire’s design team and inspired its members. Annika Hom, BostonGlobe.com, "Four Lynn girls design a jewelry collection worth thousands," 21 Aug. 2019 When bubbles start to form rapidly around the garlic, decrease the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the garlic is an even golden color and nearly completely crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Burma Superstar’s Tea Leaf Salad," 21 Aug. 2019 The writing, however, is crisp, clean and confident, driven by the force of Jensen's personality. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "In 'Chase Darkness with Me,' Billy Jensen teaches you how to solve murders," 20 Aug. 2019 Wines made from Carricante, especially in Etna, are crisp and high in acidity, with a mouthwatering salinity and dazzling minerality when the grape is grown in the right place. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Sicily’s Under-the-Radar Whites: Great Wines If You Can Get Them," 11 July 2019 The Pacers' rotations aren't crisp, the help big rotations aren't there for the guards and the Pistons were able to finish in the lane with relative ease. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers falter in blowout loss to Pistons at Las Vegas summer league," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The quesadillas are folded over fillings like chicken tinga or mushrooms and cheese, then fried to a delicate crisp, tender to the touch and molten at their core. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 At the iconic Talkeetna Spinach Bread Airstream food truck on the Purple Trail, attendees can enjoy a blueberry-rhubarb crisp made from local fruits and veggies. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Umiak,’ ‘quesa-deer-a’ and fresh oysters: How Alaskans put their own spin on state fair food," 29 Aug. 2019 Bimbo spouted the foil pack and shook the last crumbs of crisp into his palm. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 The original little crisps have the same ingredients other chips do — potatoes, oil, and salt — and nothing else. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "A tiny factory in southern Spain fries potato chips in award-winning olive oil for chef Jose Andres," 10 June 2019 This year’s winner was a family recipe cooked up by Alyssa and David West using lean ground turkey and sausage, topped with crisp chopped celery and diced ripe avocado, rather than scallions and sour cream. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Make a pot of the winning Mighty Fine Family Chili," 26 July 2019 Fried chicken wings are piping hot, paper-crisp and encased in a salty-sweet fish sauce lacquer. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 Tteok kochi — chewy little rice cake nubbins basted with gochujang, broiled to a sticky crisp and dusted with crushed peanuts — is the ultimate bar snack, as far as I’m concerned. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They might be rolled and crisped like dosa, to be shattered and dipped in hummus with crispy chickpeas. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Mohammad brines the roasted half chicken ($22) for a day before pounding it down and finishing it to order at high heat to crisp up the skin to that brown crust that tastes of the oven and salt and poultry nectar. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant review: Bettola gives Aurora a date night-perfect Italian bistro," 1 Aug. 2019 Excess moisture will cause the oil to splatter and prevent the chickpeas from crisping. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three new ways to love grains," 9 July 2019 The slow increase in temperature keeps the skin from crisping too quickly and shrinking. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "Hot Honey Chicken Thighs with a Side of Chicken Fat Toast Because Why Not," 21 Feb. 2018 Neon pinks and greens were sisters to crisp whites. Candace Hasan And Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Makeup Trends Were A Beauty Must At This Year’s Essence Festival," 8 July 2019 The guanciale crisped up nicely on the grill, while the mochi bits weren’t given a chance to cook properly and retained their rectangular shapes and firmness. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019 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

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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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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

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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