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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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  • "He hates the Germans," she added, and her white teeth closed over the crispy flaky tart.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
  • Which d' you want for your supper, shortcakes or some o' them crispy rye ones?

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • 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
  • With crispy curling brown hair, and amiable bright blue eyes.

    No Thoroughfare Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  • These he believed were mixed Malay and Negrito, with crispy or curly hair and sharp features.

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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