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

Definition of crispy

1 : appealingly crunchy : crisp sense 1b crispy bacon
2 : crisp sense 3 crispy hair

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crispiness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Signature dish: The crispy little rice cup starter that collapses on the tongue with a wash of scallops, coconut cream and herbs. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Meet Portland’s restaurants of the decade," 29 Dec. 2019 One cup of crispy rice cereal has about 100 calories. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Secret, lower-calorie ingredient adds crunch to chocolate chip cookies," 7 Dec. 2019 Make crispy cheese straws and pigs in a puff pastry blanket for party appetizers; plum tarts and apple turnovers for dessert., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 In Cantonese barbecue shops, Asian supermarkets and Chinese restaurants across the United States, there is one day of the year when roast duck, soy-sauce chicken, char siu and crispy roast pork may be cast aside for plump turkeys. Cathy Erway, New York Times, "Chinese Roast Duck, but Make It Turkey," 20 Nov. 2019 The freshwater fish are sliced thin and dredged in corn flour, cornmeal and a spice mixture before being quickly fried, resulting in addicting, crispy little fish sticks, served with a kicky red-chile mayo. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Just in time for a fall road trip, Falls Landing serving elevated up-north fare," 17 Oct. 2019 Try Macho Chalupas, built on crispy whole tostadas layered with refried beans, beef picadillo and a picturesque crown of lettuce, tomatoes and cheese ($8.75 for two). Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Chris Madrid’s," 27 Sep. 2019 For F*ck's Sake) Taco with crispy cheese melted in house chile oil, slow-braised shredded beef, cabbage, chipotle crema, poblano ash cotija and cilantro. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Coffee, poutine and tacos: These new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in November," 3 Dec. 2019 Pork Milanese with Gribiche Active: 45 minutes | Total: 1 hour 4 to 6 servings Behold, the crispiest, more flavorful milanese of your dreams. Olga Massov, The Denver Post, "Fry to greater heights with this crispy restaurant-worthy pork milanese," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of crispy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 Jan 2020

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“Crispy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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