- Crisp is defined as firm or brittle, or describes cool weather, or writing or talking in an abrupt but polite way.
- The layer of snow across the lawn after a snow storm is an example of a crisp layer of snow.
- A 50-degree fall day that is neither warm nor freezing is an example of a crisp day.
- If someone says hello and you politely but curtly reply hello back, this is an example of when you gave a crisp hello.
- The definition of a crisp is a baked fruit desert with a crumbly top.
A baked apple desert with a crumbly brown sugar top is an example of an apple crisp.
- The definition of crisp is to cook something in a way that it gets done, dry and maybe even a little burnt.
When you barbecue hot dogs until they start to burn, this is an example of when you crisp the hot dogs.
- stiff and brittle; easily broken, snapped, or crumbled: crisp bacon, cookies, etc.
- fresh and firm: crisp celery
- fresh and tidy: a crisp uniform
- sharp and clear: a crisp analysis
- lively; animated: crisp dialogue
- fresh and invigorating; bracing: crisp air
- sharply and squarely hit: a crisp tennis shot
- closely curled and wiry: crisp hair
- rippled; wavy; wrinkled
Origin of crispMiddle English and Old English from Classical Latin crispus, curly, waving from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kreisp-, to shake from source crest
- something crisp; now, specif.,
- a piece of food, esp. a cookie, that is thin and crisp or contains a crunchy ingredient
- something made crisp, as by overcooking: chiefly in the phrase to a crisp: dinner burned to a crisp
- a dessert consisting of fruit baked with a crumbly topping as of flour, sugar, and butter: apple crisp
- Brit. potato chip
- Firm but easily broken or crumbled; brittle: crisp potato chips.
- Pleasingly firm and fresh: crisp carrot and celery sticks.
- a. Bracing; invigorating: crisp mountain air.b. Lively; sprightly: music with a crisp rhythm.
- Conspicuously clean or new: a crisp dollar bill.
- Marked by clarity, conciseness, and briskness: a crisp reply.
- Having small curls, waves, or ripples. Used of hair.
verbcrisped, crisp·ing, crisps
- Something crisp or easily crumbled: The roast was burned to a crisp.
- A dessert of fruit baked with a sweet crumbly topping: apple crisp.
- Chiefly British A potato chip.
Origin of crispMiddle English curly from Old English from Latin crispus ; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative crisper, superlative crispest)
- (of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
- (dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.
- crisp hair
- Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.
- The crisp snow crunched underfoot.
- Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
- Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold.
- (of movement, action, etc.) Quick and accurate.
- (of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point. (Esp. in make it crisp.)
- Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
- Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.
- (UK) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.
(third-person singular simple present crisps, present participle crisping, simple past and past participle crisped)
- To make crisp.
- to crisp bacon by frying it
- (intransitive) To become crisp.
- (dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
- (intransitive, archaic) To undulate or ripple.
- (archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.