crisp

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From Middle English crisp (curly), from Old English crisp (curly), from Latin crispus (curly)

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crisp (comparative crisper, superlative crispest)

  1. (of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
    • This new television set has a very crisp image.
  2. (dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.
    crisp hair
  3. (obsolete) Curled by the ripple of water.
    • Shakespeare
      You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks [] Leave your crisp channels.
  4. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.
    The crisp snow crunched underfoot.
    • Goldsmith
      The cakes at tea ate short and crisp.
  5. Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
    • Leigh Hunt
      It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years.
  6. Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold.
  7. (of movement, action, etc.) Quick and accurate.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, BBC:
      Stephen Ward's crisp finish from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's pass 11 minutes into the second half proved enough to give Mick McCarthy's men a famous victory.
  8. (of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point. (Esp. in make it crisp.)
    • It is better to understand the question clearly, pause for a little thinking and give a crisp answer.
    • If we ask an expert about a certain query, this expert will often come up with a crisp answer (“yes” or “no”).
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XV:
      It was plain that the loss of Phyllis Mills, goofy though she unquestionably was, had hit him a shrewd wallop, and I presumed that he was coming to me for sympathy and heart balm, which I would have been only too pleased to dish out. I hoped, of course, that he would make it crisp and remove himself at an early date, for when the moment came for the balloon to go up I didn't want to be hampered by an audience. When you're pushing someone into a lake, nothing embarrasses you more than having the front seats filled up with goggling spectators.
  9. (obsolete) Lively; sparking; effervescing.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      your neat crisp claret
  10. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
    • Charles Dickens
      the snug, small room, and the crisp fire
  11. Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.

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Noun[edit]

crisp (plural crisps)

  1. (UK) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.

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crisp (third-person singular simple present crisps, present participle crisping, simple past and past participle crisped)

  1. (transitive) To make crisp.
    to crisp bacon by frying it
  2. (intransitive) To become crisp.
  3. (transitive, dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
  4. (intransitive, archaic) To undulate or ripple.
    • Tennyson
      to watch the crisping ripples on the beach
  5. (transitive, archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.
    • Drayton
      The lover with the myrtle sprays / Adorns his crisped tresses.
    • Milton
      The crisped brooks, / Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold.

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