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crisp

[krisp]
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adjective, crisp·er, crisp·est.
  1. (especially of food) hard but easily breakable; brittle: crisp toast.
  2. (especially of food) firm and fresh; not soft or wilted: a crisp leaf of lettuce.
  3. brisk; sharp; clear; decided: a crisp reply.
  4. lively; pithy; sparkling: crisp repartee.
  5. clean-cut, neat, and well-pressed; well-groomed.
  6. bracing; invigorating: crisp air.
  7. crinkled, wrinkled, or rippled, as skin or water.
  8. in small, stiff, or firm curls; curly.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become crisp.
  2. to curl.
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noun
  1. Chiefly British. potato chip.
  2. a dessert of fruit, as apples or apricots, baked with a crunchy mixture, usually of bread crumbs, chopped nutmeats, butter, and brown sugar.
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Origin of crisp

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

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Examples from the Web for crispness

Historical Examples of crispness

  • Marston spoke with the crispness of a man who had settled the matter.

    Blow The Man Down

    Holman Day

  • These must be eaten as soon as they come from the oven or they lose their crispness.

    Health on the Farm

    H. F. Harris

  • They often impart a crispness to the expressions in which they occur.

  • Bobby asked, with a crispness that pleased him tremendously as he used it.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit

    George Randolph Chester

  • The man took it, felt its crispness and stowed it away in a secure pocket.

    The Blue Germ

    Martin Swayne


British Dictionary definitions for crispness

crisp

adjective
  1. dry and brittle
  2. fresh and firmcrisp lettuce
  3. invigorating or bracinga crisp breeze
  4. clear; sharpcrisp reasoning
  5. lively or stimulatingcrisp conversation
  6. clean and orderly; neata crisp appearance
  7. concise and pithy; tersea crisp reply
  8. wrinkled or curlycrisp hair
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verb
  1. to make or become crisp
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noun
  1. British a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
  2. something that is crisp
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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 crispness

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.

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crisp

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crispness

crisp

see burn to a cinder (crisp).

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