\ ˈkri-spē \
crispier; crispiest

Definition of crispy 

1 : crisp sense 1 crispy hair

2 : appealingly crunchy : crisp crispy fried chicken

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crispiness noun

Synonyms for crispy


brittle, crisp, crumbly, flaky (also flakey), friable, short

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Examples of crispy in a Sentence

Fry the potatoes until they are brown and crispy. the crispy potato chips snapped satisfyingly in my mouth

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This helps convert some of the surface starch to sugar, which results in crispier fries. Christopher Kimball, WSJ, "‘The Graham Kerr Cookbook’ Review: Treating Life as a Feast," 4 May 2018 The crispy things are the catkins of the live oak trees (Quercus virginiana). Contributing Writer,, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018 The shrimp shumai revealed subtle flavor, as did a pair of light, crispy spring rolls. Tim Smith,, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 As kids, my brother and sister would fight over the crispy bacon strips affixed atop the weekly meatloaf. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit, "How 'Vegetable-Forward' Became Just the Way I Eat," 17 Jan. 2018 Mango's Mexican Cafe Devour the homemade crispy tortilla strips and fresh salsa at Mango's Mexican Cafe. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 25 things to do in Mesa," 18 Feb. 2015 Other Sahm's projects: A beer camp for grown-ups is coming to Pendleton New fried chicken restaurants: 5 places to get your hot and crispy fix Liter House, 3282 Winthrop Ave. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Liter House restaurant brings German beer, food south of Broad Ripple," 11 July 2018 The duck was perfectly crispy outside and moist within, all of it fall-off-the-bone tender., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 Acú melded State Fair showmanship with genteel herbs and a roasted glaze over lamb with dark-meat luster on a bed of rice pilaf with pine nuts and crispy vermicelli. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of crispy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of crispy

: pleasantly thin, dry, and easily broken : having a pleasantly crisp outer layer


\ ˈkri-spē \
crispier; crispiest

Kids Definition of crispy

: pleasantly thin, dry, and crunchy

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