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[kris-pee] /ˈkrɪs pi/
adjective, crispier, crispiest.
(especially of food) brittle; crisp.
curly or wavy.
Origin of crispy
First recorded in 1350-1400, crispy is from the Middle English word crispi. See crisp, -y1
Related forms
crispily, adverb
crispiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Which d' you want for your supper, shortcakes or some o' them crispy rye ones?

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Ellen had been making pop-overs, and Theodora had fried a great panful of crispy doughnuts.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • It is more economical to cut salt pork into small bits, and try it till the pork is brown and crispy.

  • Skin deep-green; prickles white; flesh white, tender, crispy, and of remarkably fine flavor.

  • The mother brought in a plate of crispy spiced cakes, and some sweet wine of berries that she always prepared.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for crispy


adjective crispier, crispiest
having waves or curls
Derived Forms
crispily, adverb
crispiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crispy

late 14c., "curly," from crisp (adj.) + -y (2). Meaning "brittle" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for crispy



Suffering the morning-after effects of alcohol; hung over (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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