[ kris-per ]

  1. a person or thing that crisps, corrugates, or curls.

  2. a drawer or compartment in a refrigerator for keeping lettuce, celery, and other vegetables crisp.

  1. an ovenlike appliance for restoring the crispness of crackers, cookies, etc., by dry heating.

Origin of crisper

First recorded in 1825–35; crisp + -er1

Words Nearby crisper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crisper in a sentence

  • The beard increases; the hair becomes crisper; and the complexion darkens.

  • His anatomical structure and general habits are those of the Felid, but the fur is crisper.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • Her hair was crisper and rustier than ever, swirling about in competitive overlapping ripples.

    Balloons | Elizabeth Bibesco
  • Already the leaves were turning a little, and the air growing crisper every day.

    Little Busybodies | Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • The air is crisp and hot—crisper and hotter even than that of Melbourne.

    Greater Britain | Charles Wentworth Dilke

British Dictionary definitions for crisper


/ (ˈkrɪspə) /

  1. a compartment in a refrigerator for storing salads, vegetables, etc, in order to keep them fresh

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