adjective, crisper, crispest.
(especially of food) hard but easily breakable; brittle:
(especially of food) firm and fresh; not soft or wilted:
a crisp leaf of lettuce.
brisk; sharp; clear; decided:
a crisp reply.
lively; pithy; sparkling:
clean-cut, neat, and well-pressed; well-groomed.
crinkled, wrinkled, or rippled, as skin or water.
in small, stiff, or firm curls; curly.
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become crisp.
Chiefly British. .
a dessert of fruit, as apples or apricots, baked with a crunchy mixture, usually of bread crumbs, chopped nutmeats, butter, and brown sugar.
dry and brittle
fresh and firm: crisp lettuce
invigorating or bracing: a crisp breeze
clear; sharp: crisp reasoning
lively or stimulating: crisp conversation
clean and orderly; neat: a crisp appearance
concise and pithy; terse: a crisp reply
wrinkled or curly: crisp hair
to make or become crisp
(Brit) a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
something that is 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.
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see: burn to a cinder (crisp)
curled, the chief of the synagogue at Corinth (Acts 18:8). He was converted and, with his family, baptized by Paul (1 Cor. 1:14).
- Crispus attucks
[at-uh ks] /ˈæt əks/ noun 1. Crispus [kris-puh s] /ˈkrɪs pəs/ (Show IPA), 1723?–70, American patriot, probably a fugitive slave, killed in the Boston Massacre.
[kris-pee] /ˈkrɪs pi/ adjective, crispier, crispiest. 1. (especially of food) brittle; . 2. curly or wavy. 3. . /ˈkrɪspɪ/ adjective crispier, crispiest 1. crisp 2. having waves or curls adj. late 14c., “curly,” from crisp (adj.) + -y (2). Meaning “brittle” is recorded from 1610s. adjective Suffering the morning-after effects of alcohol; hung over (1980s+ […]
- Crispy critters
jargon (Or “Crispy Crittered”. From the “Post” breakfast cereal of the same name) hardware which is fried or toast. (1995-01-31)