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crisp

adjective

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1 having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure
  • the bag of crisp cookies had a lot of crumbs on the bottom

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3 marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning
  • a crisp suggestion about what they could do with their boom box

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crisp

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of crisp (Entry 2 of 2)

as in ripple, ruffle

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Frequently Asked Questions About crisp

How does the adjective crisp contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of crisp are brittle, fragile, frangible, and friable. While all these words mean "breaking easily," crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods.

crisp lettuce

When can brittle be used instead of crisp?

Although the words brittle and crisp have much in common, brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness.

brittle bones

When is fragile a more appropriate choice than crisp?

In some situations, the words fragile and crisp are roughly equivalent. However, fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling.

a fragile antique chair

When would frangible be a good substitute for crisp?

The words frangible and crisp are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy.

frangible stone used for paving

When could friable be used to replace crisp?

The meanings of friable and crisp largely overlap; however, friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized.

friable soil

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The first known use of crisp was before the 12th century

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“Crisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/crisp. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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