\ ˈkri-spē \
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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Plus, the brioche buns are baked daily and grilled just enough to get that perfect crispy exterior and soft, pillowy interior. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Grab a leather booth and order up one of the rustic-style (and very crispy) wood-fired-oven pizzas. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Spots for Aperitivo in Rome," 1 Mar. 2018 The other key to good, crispy fried rice is a ripping hot pan. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Got Leftover Rice? Make This Delicious Dish," 20 July 2018 The pizzas balloon in the brick oven and flatten to a thin and crispy crust, topped with a rotating array of fresh ingredients sourced from neighborhood shops and markets. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Sweet potato and black bean shepherd's pie; creamy coconut porridge drizzled with juicy goji berries; crispy corn fritters dolloped with avocado mash; Sri Lankan-style curry with sautéed mustard, chick peas, and zucchini. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018 Getting those crispy edges really will change you as a person. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "How to Brown Meat So It's Actually, You Know, Brown," 19 Jan. 2018 There’s also a kind of special sauce in there too, a little like Thousand Island, and a handful of crispy potato sticks throw on top for crunch. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 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

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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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