- (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 crispness
Marston spoke with the crispness of a man who had settled the matter.Blow The Man Down
These must be eaten as soon as they come from the oven or they lose their crispness.Health on the Farm
H. F. Harris
They often impart a crispness to the expressions in which they occur.Introduction to Robert Browning
Bobby asked, with a crispness that pleased him tremendously as he used it.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
The man took it, felt its crispness and stowed it away in a secure pocket.The Blue Germ
- 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 crispness
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.