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crisp

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adjective, crisp·er, crisp·est.
  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.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become crisp.
  2. to curl.
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noun
  1. Chiefly British. potato chip.
  2. a dessert of fruit, as apples or apricots, baked with a crunchy mixture, usually of bread crumbs, chopped nutmeats, butter, and brown sugar.
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Origin of crisp

before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin crispus curled
Related formscrisp·ly, adverbcrisp·ness, noun

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Related Words for crisp

crusty, fresh, crumbly, plump, crispy, brisk, refreshing, neat, firm, short, green, clear, bracing, stimulating, invigorating, penetrating, clear-cut, brief, cutting, provoking

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Contemporary Examples of crisp

Historical Examples of crisp

  • He started to get up, but the marshal's crisp voice cut in on him.

  • Fill your salad bowl with the crisp leaves, from which the flowerhead has been plucked.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "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.


British Dictionary definitions for crisp

crisp

adjective
  1. dry and brittle
  2. fresh and firmcrisp lettuce
  3. invigorating or bracinga crisp breeze
  4. clear; sharpcrisp reasoning
  5. lively or stimulatingcrisp conversation
  6. clean and orderly; neata crisp appearance
  7. concise and pithy; tersea crisp reply
  8. wrinkled or curlycrisp hair
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verb
  1. to make or become crisp
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noun
  1. British a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
  2. something that is crisp
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Derived Formscrisply, adverbcrispness, noun

Word Origin for crisp

Old English, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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v.

late 14c., "to curl," from crisp (adj.). Meaning "to become brittle" is from 1805. Related: Crisped; crisping.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crisp

crisp

see burn to a cinder (crisp).

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