- (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 crisply
Strong, young, crisply uniformed, he or she would shake, sigh, stare blankly, or cry, recounting variations of this statement.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
Piazza Sempione was dominated by crisply pleated skirts and simple shirt-dresses.Milan’s Day-Glo Exuberance
September 26, 2011
"There's one thing I don't understand about either of you," Alice returned, crisply.Alice Adams
“Take a chair, please,” he said crisply, without looking up.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
"I don't know what you understand, Daniels," he said, crisply.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
"No one took particular pains, I should imagine," she said, crisply.
Her tone was so crisply sarcastic that he turned in astonishment.
- 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 crisply
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.