- (especially of food) hard but easily breakable; brittle: crisp toast.
- (especially of food) firm and fresh; not soft or wilted: a crisp leaf of lettuce.
- brisk; sharp; clear; decided: a crisp reply.
- lively; pithy; sparkling: crisp repartee.
- clean-cut, neat, and well-pressed; well-groomed.
- bracing; invigorating: crisp air.
- crinkled, wrinkled, or rippled, as skin or water.
- in small, stiff, or firm curls; curly.
- to make or become crisp.
- to curl.
- Chiefly British. potato chip.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for crisped
It crisped the poor fellow to a cinder, and sheared the head of my comrade clean off.Slaves of Mercury
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
They appear to be crisped over the fire which is all the cooking required.William Clayton's Journal
He crisped an envelope vindictively, and threw it in the waste-basket.The Blazed Trail
Stewart Edward White
- dry and brittle
- fresh and firmcrisp lettuce
- invigorating or bracinga crisp breeze
- clear; sharpcrisp reasoning
- lively or stimulatingcrisp conversation
- clean and orderly; neata crisp appearance
- concise and pithy; tersea crisp reply
- wrinkled or curlycrisp hair
- to make or become crisp
- British a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
- something that is crisp
Word Origin and History for crisped
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.
late 14c., "to curl," from crisp (adj.). Meaning "to become brittle" is from 1805. Related: Crisped; crisping.