Definition of crisp in English:


Pronunciation /krisp/ /krɪsp/

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  • 1(of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, especially in a way considered pleasing or attractive.

    ‘crisp bacon’
    • ‘the snow is lovely and crisp’
    1. 1.1(of a fruit or vegetable) firm, indicating freshness.
      • ‘crisp lettuce’
    2. 1.2(of the weather) cool, fresh, and invigorating.
      • ‘a crisp autumn day’
    3. 1.3(of paper or cloth) smoothly and attractively stiff and uncreased.
      • ‘a crisp $5 bill’
    4. 1.4(of hair) having tight curls, giving an impression of rigidity.
  • 2(of a way of speaking or writing) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail.

    • ‘they were cut off with a crisp “Thank you.”’


  • 1A dessert of fruit baked with a crunchy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour.

    • ‘rhubarb crisp’
  • 2

    (also potato crisp)
    British A wafer-thin slice of potato fried or baked until crisp and eaten as a snack; a potato chip.

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Give (something, especially food) a crisp surface by placing it in an oven or grill.

    • ‘crisp the pita rounds in the oven’
    1. 1.1no object (of food) acquire a crisp surface by being placed in an oven or grill.
      • ‘open the foil so that the bread browns and crisps’
    2. 1.2archaic Curl into short, stiff, wavy folds or crinkles.


    burn something to a crisp
    • Burn something completely, leaving only a charred remnant.

      • ‘it is better to cook it slowly than to burn it to a crisp’


Old English (referring to hair in the sense ‘curly’): from Latin crispus ‘curled’. Other senses may result from symbolic interpretation of the sound of the word.