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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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  • It crisped the poor fellow to a cinder, and sheared the head of my comrade clean off.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The skies they were ashen and sober, and the leaves they were crisped and sere.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Herrick has,—“the crisped yew,” and the American Thoreau,—“A million crisped waves.”

    Minor Poems by Milton John Milton
  • They appear to be crisped over the fire which is all the cooking required.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • He crisped an envelope vindictively, and threw it in the waste-basket.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • It crisped in his fingers, as he turned it over inspecting it.

  • When the night nurse awoke he was crisped in a horrible rigor.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • It crisped and sparkled, and sent out a pungent odor, then turned and writhed between his fingers, like a living thing in pain.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • So she tended the bacon slices with care until they grew brown and crisped and curled at the edges.

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • The soil of England is crisped like the waves of the sea when the wind moves them lightly.

    Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2 Ferdinand Gregorovius
British Dictionary definitions for crisped

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 crisped

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.

crisp

v.

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

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