adjective, crisp·er, crisp·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of crisp
Synonyms for crisp
Related Words for crispnesscoldness, condensation, economy, transitoriness, terseness, conciseness, concision, ephemerality, transience, pithiness, impermanence, succinctness, curtness, rawness, coolness, iciness, sharpness, rigor, bite, nip
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
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.Introduction to Robert Browning
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
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).