Definition of Crisp

1. Noun. A thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat.

Exact synonyms: Chip, Potato Chip, Saratoga Chip
Generic synonyms: Snack Food
Derivative terms: Crispy

2. Verb. Make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in. "They crisp the sheets"; "Crease the paper like this to make a crane"
Exact synonyms: Crease, Crinkle, Ruckle, Scrunch, Scrunch Up, Wrinkle
Generic synonyms: Fold, Fold Up, Turn Up
Specialized synonyms: Cockle, Crumple, Knit, Pucker, Rumple, Pucker, Ruck, Ruck Up
Derivative terms: Crease, Crinkle, Wrinkle

3. Adjective. (of something seen or heard) clearly defined. "The crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"
Exact synonyms: Sharp
Similar to: Distinct
Derivative terms: Sharpness

4. Verb. Make brown and crisp by heating. "Crisp potatoes"
Exact synonyms: Crispen, Toast
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Heat, Heat Up
Derivative terms: Toast, Toaster, Toasting

5. Adjective. Tender and brittle. "Crisp potato chips"
Exact synonyms: Crispy
Similar to: Tender
Derivative terms: Crispness, Crispiness

6. Adjective. Pleasantly cold and invigorating. "Snappy weather"
Exact synonyms: Frosty, Nipping, Nippy, Snappy
Similar to: Cold
Derivative terms: Frost, Frostiness, Nip, Snap, Snap

7. Adjective. Pleasingly firm and fresh. "Crisp lettuce"
Similar to: Fresh
Derivative terms: Crispness

8. Adjective. (of hair) in small tight curls.
Exact synonyms: Frizzly, Frizzy, Kinky, Nappy
Similar to: Curly
Derivative terms: Frizz, Nap

9. Adjective. Brief and to the point; effectively cut short. "Short and terse and easy to understand"
Exact synonyms: Curt, Laconic, Terse
Similar to: Concise
Derivative terms: Crispness, Terseness

Definition of Crisp

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

2. v. t. To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.

3. v. i. To undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp, v. t.

4. n. 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.

Definition of Crisp

1. Adjective. (context: of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined. ¹

2. Adjective. Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair. ¹

3. Adjective. Curled with a ripple of water. ¹

4. Adjective. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow. ¹

5. Adjective. Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition. ¹

6. Adjective. Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: of movement, action, etc.) Quick and accurate. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point. (Esp. in '''make it crisp'''.) ¹

9. Adjective. Lively; sparking; effervescing. ¹

10. Adjective. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively. ¹

11. Adjective. Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one. ¹

12. Noun. (British) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To make crisp. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To become crisp. ¹

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Definition of Crisp

1. brittle [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: brittle

Lexicographical Neighbors of Crisp

cris de cœur
crisis center
crisis de comportamiento
crisis intervention
crisis period
crisp (current term)
crisp bread

Literary usage of Crisp

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Shelburne Essays by Paul Elmer More (1907)
"NOTE ON "DADDY" crisp If any evidence, further than Fanny Burney's Diary, ... crisp was a disappointed man, no doubt, and weariness of the world, ..."

2. The Early Diary of Frances Burney, 1768-1778: With a Selection from Her by Fanny Burney, Annie Raine Ellis (1907)
"crisp TO MIss BURNEY.] [A portion of a letter dated " Ches—Wednesday, June 21, 1779," is given to show Mr. crisp's feelings for his country which was then ..."

3. The Friends' Library: Comprising Journals, Doctrinal Treatises, and Other by William Evans, Thomas Evans (1850)
"LIFE OF STEPHEN crisp. a strength one to another according to the ability which God hath ... In Answer to an impertinent paper sent abroad by Thomas crisp; ..."

4. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"Be't to fly, crisp, v. To curl. Milton probably had Shakespeare's expression in his mind when he employed this epithet: How from that sapphire fount the ..."

5. London by Charles Knight (1851)
"The Sir Nicholas crisp referred to was a wealthy merchant of London, ... Whilst the King was in the lines at Oxford, crisp was most indefatigable in his ..."

6. Select Extra-tropical Plants Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture Or by Ferdinand von Mueller (1884)
"The French and Italian crisp Mint is partly derived from this species. ... One of the crisp mints is derived from this species. ..."

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