Origin of crisper
- (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 crisper
I shall not miss poor Schmidt now; your touch is crisper than his!'Chatterbox, 1906
The late autumn morning was not crisper and sunnier than she.Americans All
The crushed ice in the glass was no cooler nor crisper than St. George's tone.Kennedy Square
F. Hopkinson Smith
And it was a crisper step that he resumed, with a face more radiant than before.The Shadow of the Rope
E. W. Hornung
The air was crisper and fresher than usual, and to both of them it felt divine.The Free Rangers
Joseph A. Altsheler
- a compartment in a refrigerator for storing salads, vegetables, etc, in order to keep them fresh
- 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 crisper
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.