[ krisp ]
/ krɪsp /

adjective, crisp·er, crisp·est.

verb (used with or without object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. criseyde,
  2. crisis,
  3. crisis center,
  4. crisis management,
  5. crisis theology,
  6. crispate,
  7. crispation,
  8. crispbread,
  9. crispen,
  10. crisper

Origin of crisp

before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin crispus curled

Related formscrisp·ly, adverbcrisp·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crisp


/ (krɪsp) /



to make or become crisp


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
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Idioms and Phrases with crisp


see burn to a cinder (crisp).

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