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(of a fruit or vegetable) firm, indicating freshness.
- ‘crisp lettuce’
- 1.2(of the weather) cool, fresh, and invigorating.
- ‘a crisp autumn day’
- 1.3(of paper or cloth) smoothly and attractively stiff and uncreased.
- ‘a crisp $5 bill’
- 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’
- 1.1no 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’
- 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.