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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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  • "There's one thing I don't understand about either of you," Alice returned, crisply.

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  • “Take a chair, please,” he said crisply, without looking up.

  • "I don't know what you understand, Daniels," he said, crisply.

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  • Her tone was so crisply sarcastic that he turned in astonishment.

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  • "No one took particular pains, I should imagine," she said, crisply.

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  • "That's all right, that's all right," broke in the Captain, crisply.

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  • Dr. Caton, annoyed and disapproving, crisply intimated why Jerry was there.

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  • "Mrs. Janith Duggan," he told the crisply white woman at the desk.

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British Dictionary definitions for crisply

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 crisply

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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