\ ˈkri-spē How to pronounce crispy (audio) \
crispier; crispiest

Definition of crispy

1 : crisp sense 1 crispy hair
2 : appealingly crunchy : crisp crispy fried chicken

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Other Words from crispy

crispiness noun

Synonyms for crispy


brickle [dialect], brittle, crisp, crumbly, embrittled, 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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Most are crispy and seedy, predominately made from rice and sesame. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best gluten-free crackers — and the lousy ones," 29 June 2019 Five of the choices were excellent; my only disappointment was the somewhat bland, crispy eggplant stack. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 places to try: For pizza to pasta, pastries to pad Thai — and biscuits!," 13 June 2019 Related Stories The most important thing is to make sure the oil comes back to temperature before adding each batch to ensure the most golden, crispy texture. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: How to make golden pakoras just like Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley," 11 June 2019 And the mix of soggy and crispy potatoes went well with the salsa. Marc Bona,, "Element 41: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 15 June 2019 But the offerings here are a revelation: extra-thin and crispy slices, double-toasted, scraped to remove bitter char, with homemade kaya jam less sweet—and slabs of butter more abundant—than at any other coffee shop. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "A toast to Singapore’s traditional breakfast," 5 Apr. 2019 An easy way to do that is to ask for the best $9 dish of my recent acquaintance: crispy rice salad — hold the meat but not the heat. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Laos in Town brings the funk — and the spice — to NoMa," 5 June 2019 Cook the pork in the residual pork fat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is lightly crispy in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Remington says: Bacon was crispy and thick, BBQ sauce was sweet and complimented the burger well., "Gunselman's Tavern a local hot spot with a flair for burgers (photos, video, poll)," 24 Apr. 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 How to pronounce crispy (audio) \
crispier; crispiest

Kids Definition of crispy

: pleasantly thin, dry, and crunchy

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