What does crisp mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chip, crisp, potato chip, Saratoga chipadjective

    a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat

  2. crisp, sharpadjective

    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined

    "a sharp photographic image"; "the sharp crack of a twig"; "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"

  3. crisp, crispyadjective

    tender and brittle

    "crisp potato chips"

  4. crisp, frosty, nipping, nippy, snappyadjective

    pleasantly cold and invigorating

    "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"; "a nipping wind"; "a nippy fall day"; "snappy weather"

  5. crispadjective

    pleasingly firm and fresh

    "crisp lettuce"

  6. crisp, frizzly, frizzy, kinky, nappyadjective

    (of hair) in small tight curls

  7. crisp, curt, laconic, terseverb

    brief and to the point; effectively cut short

    "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"

  8. wrinkle, ruckle, crease, crinkle, scrunch, scrunch up, crispverb

    make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in

    "The dress got wrinkled"; "crease the paper like this to make a crane"

  9. crispen, toast, crispverb

    make brown and crisp by heating

    "toast bread"; "crisp potatoes"


  1. crispnoun

    A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.

  2. crispverb

    To make crisp.

  3. crispverb

    To become crisp.

  4. crispadjective

    Sharp, clearly defined.

  5. crispadjective

    Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.

  6. crispadjective

    Curled with a ripple of water.

  7. crispadjective

    Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow.

  8. crispadjective

    Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.

  9. crispadjective

    Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold.

  10. crispadjective

    Quick and accurate.

  11. crispadjective

    Brief and to the point. (Esp. in make it crisp.)

  12. crispadjective

    Lively; sparking; effervescing.

  13. crispadjective

    Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.

  14. crispadjective

    Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.

  15. Etymology: From crisp, from crisp, from crispus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRISPadjective

    Etymology: crispus, Latin.

    Bulls are more crisp on the forehead than cows. Francis Bacon.

    The Ethiopian black, flat nosed, and crisp haired. Matthew Hale.

    You nymphs, call’d Naiads, of the winding brooks,
    With your sedg’d crowns, and ever harmless looks,
    Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land
    Answer your summons, Juno does command. William Shakespeare, Temp.

    In frosty weather, musick within doors soundeth better; which may be by reason not of the disposition of the air, but of the wood or string of the instrument, which is made more crisp, and so more porous and hollow. Francis Bacon, Natural Hist.

  2. To Crispverb

    Etymology: crispo, Latin.

    Severn, affrighted with their bloody looks,
    Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds,
    And hid his crisp’d head in the hollow bank. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Young I’d have him too,
    Yet a man, with crisped hair,
    Cast in thousand snares and rings,
    For love’s fingers, and his rings. Ben Jonson, Underwoods.

    The hasty application of spirits of wine is not only unfit for inflammations in general, but also crisps up the vessels of the dura mater and brain, and sometimes produces a gangrene. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

    Along the crisped shades and bow’rs,
    Revels the spruce and jocund spring. John Milton.

    From that saphine fount the crisped brooks,
    Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold,
    Ran nectar, visiting each plant. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv.


  1. crisp

    Crisp generally refers to something that is firm, fresh, and brittle, often with a pleasing sharpness or clarity. It is often used to describe food items that are hard or have a crunchy texture when bitten. It could also refer to a clear and sharp quality in speech, visual, or audio elements. Additionally, it could pertain to weather conditions that are cold, fresh, and invigorating. Lastly, it may symbolize neatness and a well-ordered appearance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crispadjective

    curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair

  2. Crispadjective

    curled with the ripple of the water

  3. Crispadjective

    brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow

  4. Crispadjective

    possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition

  5. Crispadjective

    lively; sparking; effervescing

  6. Crispadjective

    brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively

  7. Crispadjective

    to curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees

  8. Crispadjective

    to cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple. Cf. Crimp

  9. Crispadjective

    to make crisp or brittle, as in cooking

  10. Crispverb

    to undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp, v. t

  11. Crispnoun

    that which is crisp or brittle; the state of being crisp or brittle; as, burned to a crisp; specifically, the rind of roasted pork; crackling

  12. Etymology: [L. crispare, fr. crispus. See Crisp. a. ]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crisp

    krisp, adj. curling closely: having a wavy surface: so dry as to be crumbled easily: brittle, or short, as 'crisp cakes,' &c.: fresh and bracing, as 'crisp air:' firm, the opposite of limp or flabby, as a 'crisp style' in writing.—v.t. to curl or twist: to make crisp or wavy.—adjs. Cris′pāte, -d, having a crisped or wavy appearance.—ns. Crispā′tion; Crisp′ature, a curling; Crisp′er, one who or that which crisps; Crisp′ing-ī′ron, -pin, a curling-iron.—adv. Crisp′ly.—n. Crisp′ness.—adj. Crisp′y. [A.S.,—L. crispus.]


  1. Crisp

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CRISP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crisp is ranked #2830 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crisp surname appeared 12,741 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Crisp.

    81.7% or 10,414 total occurrences were White.
    12.5% or 1,602 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 287 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 260 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 102 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 76 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for crisp »

  1. scrip

  2. Crips

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crisp in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crisp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of crisp in a Sentence

  1. Matt Paul:

    Hopefully these candidates are getting unvarnished guidance about what this is going to take. It is a grueling schedule, it carries an enormous personal toll and these candidates have to have a clear and crisp view of why they want to do this, it is smart that they are taking the time to consider these factors.

  2. Chelsea Phillips:

    Returning as the Official Beer of NASCAR strengthens our deep-rooted history in the sport and will provide fans with even more opportunities to enjoy a crisp, cold Busch beer on race day.

  3. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    If all my world burnt to a crisp but for one tiny metal heart, I would give that heart to you.

  4. Tiger Woods:

    I played really well today, i hit the ball so crisp and so solid and made some nice putts there on the front nine and had things rolling for a little bit.

  5. David Blewett:

    The hollows are remarkable because they have a crisp, fresh appearance, they are probably younger than a few tens of millions of years, but some hollows are probably forming today. It is amazing to find ongoing geological activity modifying the surface of Mercury.

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