- (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 crisp
Exactly one month after the first straw goat was erected in Gävle, it was mysteriously burned to a crisp.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
Note: If you prefer cookies thin and crisp, bake them straight from the mixing bowl.
If you prefer them chewy in the middle and crisp outside, chill the balls of dough.
De la Renta did design some stuff for Kennedy too—notably, one perfect belted sheath in crisp white linen.How Oscar de la Renta Created First Lady Fashion
October 21, 2014
The summer heat is fleeting, and the crisp golden brown of autumn lingers just a little bit longer than it should.Jason Schwartzman Is the Nicest Jerk You’ll Ever Meet in ‘Listen Up Philip’
October 17, 2014
He started to get up, but the marshal's crisp voice cut in on him.Way of the Lawless
Fill your salad bowl with the crisp leaves, from which the flowerhead has been plucked.Her Father's Daughter
"It hasn't been convenient to do it before," was the crisp answer.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Marny spoke in crisp, detached sentences between the pats of his brush.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
If you baste it with any thing else, or with its own dripping, the skin will not be crisp.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- 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 crisp
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.
Idioms and Phrases with crisp
see burn to a cinder (crisp).