crisp

[krisp]

adjective, crisp·er, crisp·est.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become crisp.
to curl.

noun

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

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

Synonyms for crisp

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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

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

verb

to make or become crisp

noun

British a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
something that is crisp
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.

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crisp

crisp

see burn to a cinder (crisp).

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