[ kris-per ]
/ ˈkrɪs pər /


a person or thing that crisps, corrugates, or curls.
a drawer or compartment in a refrigerator for keeping lettuce, celery, and other vegetables crisp.
an ovenlike appliance for restoring the crispness of crackers, cookies, etc., by dry heating.

Nearby words

  1. crisp,
  2. crispate,
  3. crispation,
  4. crispbread,
  5. crispen,
  6. crispi,
  7. crispi, francesco,
  8. crispin,
  9. crispinian,
  10. crispr

Origin of crisper

First recorded in 1825–35; crisp + -er1


[ 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.

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 crisper


/ (ˈkrɪspə) /


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


/ (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 crisper
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Idioms and Phrases with crisper


see burn to a cinder (crisp).

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