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.

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.]


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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. 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.

  2. George Hobica:

    But, I’ve been upgraded to first class, I think, just because I was nicely dressed. I was wearing a navy blue suit with a red tie and a crisp white shirt and everyone else looked like slobs.

  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. Chief Executive Alan Armstrong:

    Right now our focus ought to be really crisp execution, running the business. That opportunity sits out there as upside, perhaps, in the future.

  5. Walker Buehler:

    Just haven’t been as crisp and sometimes you have to simplify, just trying to get back to myself and I’ve felt closer to that tonight than I have in the last couple outings.

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  • هشArabic
  • свеж, оживен, къдрав, освежителен, накъдрен, жив, хрускав, искрящ, правя ронлив, начупен, хрупкав, ронлив, чипсBulgarian
  • forsch, Chip, knackig, knusprig, sprödeGerman
  • πατατάκιGreek
  • preciso, efervescente, burbujeanteSpanish
  • تردPersian
  • sliseag, fionnarScottish Gaelic
  • कुरकुराHindi
  • garingIndonesian
  • frytkaPolish
  • animado, borbulhante, alegre, batata frita, efervescentePortuguese
  • crocantRomanian
  • хрупкий, живой, свежий, кудрявыйRussian
  • chipsSwedish
  • kırışık, ayazlı, körpe, gevrekTurkish

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