- IPA: /kɹɪsp/
crisp (comparative crisper, superlative crispest)
- (of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
- This new television set has a very crisp image.
- Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.
- The crisp snow crunched underfoot.
- The cakes at tea ate short and crisp.
- Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness.
- It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years.
- (of weather, air etc.) Dry and cold.
- (of movement, action etc.) Quick and accurate.
- (of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point.
- An expert, given a certain query, will often come up with a crisp answer: “yes” or “no”.
- 1999, John Hampton, Lisa Emerson, Writing Guidelines for Postgraduate Science Students (page 130)
- Another way of writing the last example is 'She brought along her favourite food which is chocolate cake' but this is less concise: colons can give your writing lean, crisp style.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XV, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
- 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.
- (of wine) having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.
- (obsolete) Lively; sparking; effervescing.
- (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Bloody Brother”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 4, scene 2:
- your neat crisp claret
- (dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.
- crisp hair
- (obsolete) Curled by the ripple of water.
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
- You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks […] Leave your crisp channels.
- (comptheory) Not using fuzzy logic; based on a binary distinction between true and false.
- French: net
- Russian: я́сный
- German: spröde
- Russian: хру́пкий
- Russian: лакони́чный
- Spanish: preciso
- Italian: croccante
- Russian: кудря́вый
crisp (plural crisps)
- (British) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.
- A baked dessert made with fruit and crumb topping
- Synonyms: crumble, crunch
- (food) Anything baked or fried and eaten as a snack
- kale crisps
crisp (crisps, present participle crisping; past and past participle crisped)
- (transitive) To make crisp.
- to crisp bacon by frying it
- (intransitive) To become crisp.
- (transitive, dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, for example hair, or the nap of cloth
- (transitive, dated) to interweave, like the branches of trees.
- (intransitive, archaic) To undulate or ripple.
- ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Lotos-Eaters
- to watch the crisping ripples on the beach
- ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Lotos-Eaters
- (transitive, archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.
- The lover with the myrtle sprays / Adorns his crisped tresses.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- The crisped brooks, / Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold.