adjective, crisp·er, crisp·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- crisis center,
- crisis management,
- crisis theology,
Origin of crisp
Examples from the Web for crisply
Strong, young, crisply uniformed, he or she would shake, sigh, stare blankly, or cry, recounting variations of this statement.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War|Jean Kim|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Piazza Sempione was dominated by crisply pleated skirts and simple shirt-dresses.
"I realize that in a way I'm partly responsible for this," he said crisply.The Heritage of the Sioux|B.M. Bower
Presently a third person joined them—a man of massive build with crisply curling hair and a big beard.The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon|Dexter J. Forrester
Deftly the ranger dished up the potatoes and crisply browned fish.Voice from the Cave|Mildred A. Wirt
"Lieutenant Dolliver Wims reportin' fer dooty, suh," the saluting Wims said crisply.I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon|Richard Sabia
Get brief communications from citizens, but have each letter make only one point, and that crisply.Why do we need a public library?|Various
Word Origin for crisp
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.
late 14c., "to curl," from crisp (adj.). Meaning "to become brittle" is from 1805. Related: Crisped; crisping.
see burn to a cinder (crisp).