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crisp

[krisp] /krɪsp/
adjective, crisper, crispest.
1.
(especially of food) hard but easily breakable; brittle:
crisp toast.
2.
(especially of food) firm and fresh; not soft or wilted:
a crisp leaf of lettuce.
3.
brisk; sharp; clear; decided:
a crisp reply.
4.
lively; pithy; sparkling:
crisp repartee.
5.
clean-cut, neat, and well-pressed; well-groomed.
6.
bracing; invigorating:
crisp air.
7.
crinkled, wrinkled, or rippled, as skin or water.
8.
in small, stiff, or firm curls; curly.
verb (used with or without object)
9.
to make or become crisp.
10.
to curl.
noun
11.
Chiefly British. potato chip.
12.
a dessert of fruit, as apples or apricots, baked with a crunchy mixture, usually of bread crumbs, chopped nutmeats, butter, and brown sugar.
Origin of crisp
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin crispus curled
Related forms
crisply, adverb
crispness, noun
Synonyms
6. brisk, fresh, nippy.
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  • He started to get up, but the marshal's crisp voice cut in on him.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Fill your salad bowl with the crisp leaves, from which the flowerhead has been plucked.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "It hasn't been convenient to do it before," was the crisp answer.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Marny spoke in crisp, detached sentences between the pats of his brush.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • If you baste it with any thing else, or with its own dripping, the skin will not be crisp.

British Dictionary definitions for crisp

crisp

/krɪsp/
adjective
1.
dry and brittle
2.
fresh and firm: crisp lettuce
3.
invigorating or bracing: a crisp breeze
4.
clear; sharp: crisp reasoning
5.
lively or stimulating: crisp conversation
6.
clean and orderly; neat: a crisp appearance
7.
concise and pithy; terse: a crisp reply
8.
wrinkled or curly: crisp hair
verb
9.
to make or become crisp
noun
10.
(Brit) a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
11.
something that is crisp
Derived Forms
crisply, adverb
crispness, noun
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for crisp
adj.

Old English crisp "curly," from Latin crispus "curled, wrinkled, having curly hair," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." It began to mean "brittle" 1520s, for obscure reasons, perhaps based on what happens to flat things when they are cooked. Figurative sense of "neat, brisk" is from 1814; perhaps a separate word. As a noun, from late 14c. Potato crisps (the British version of U.S. potato chips) is from 1929.

v.

late 14c., "to curl," from crisp (adj.). Meaning "to become brittle" is from 1805. Related: Crisped; crisping.

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