crisp
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Latin crispus; akin to Welsh crych curly Date: before 12th century 1. curly, wavy; also having close stiff or wiry curls or waves 2. a. easily crumbled ; brittle <
a crisp cracker
>
b. desirably firm and crunchy <
crisp lettuce
>
3. a. notably sharp, clean-cut, and clear <
a crisp illustration
>
; also concise and to the point <
a crisp reply
>
b. noticeably neat <
crisp new clothes
>
c. brisk, lively <
a crisp tale of intrigue
>
<
crisp musical tempi
>
d. briskly cold <
crisp winter weather
>
; also fresh, invigorating <
crisp autumn air
>
<
a crisp white wine
>
e. deftly and powerfully executed <
a crisp tennis serve
>
Synonyms: see fragilecrisply adverbcrispness noun II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. curl, crimp 2. to cause to ripple ; wrinkle 3. to make or keep crisp intransitive verb 1. curl 2. ripple 3. to become crisp III. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. something crisp or brittle <
burned to a crisp
>
<
rye crisps
>
b. chiefly British potato chip — usually used in plural 2. a baked dessert of fruit with crumb topping <
apple crisp
>

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