Definitions of crisp

  1. a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
  2. make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface; " The dress got wrinkled"
  3. brief and to the point; effectively cut short; " a crisp retort"; " a response so curt as to be almost rude"; " the laconic reply; ` yes'"; " short and terse and easy to understand"
  4. ( of something seen or heard) clearly defined; " a sharp photographic image"; " the sharp crack of a twig"; " the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"
  5. pleasantly cold and invigorating; " crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"; " a nipping wind"; " a nippy fall day"; " snappy weather"; (` parky' is a British term)
  6. tender and brittle; " crisp potato chips"
  7. make brown and crisp by heating; " toast bread"; " crisp potatoes"
  8. Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.
  9. Curled with the ripple of the water.
  10. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow.
  11. Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
  12. Lively; sparking; effervescing.
  13. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
  14. To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
  15. To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking.
  16. To undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp, v. t.
  17. 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.
  18. Wavy; curled; brittle; cheerful; terse; sparkling.
  19. To curl; ripple; to make brittle.
  20. To form into little curls along an edge; to become brittle.
  21. Crisply.
  22. Crispness.
  23. Curled: so dry as to be crumbled easily: brittle.
  24. To curl or twist: to make wavy.
  25. Curled; wrinkled; brittle.
  26. To curl or make wavy.
  27. To crinkle; curl; make or become crisp.
  28. Somewhat firm and brittle.
  29. Crinkled; crisped.
  30. With short stiff curls; indented; winding: brittle; brisk; fresh and firm.
  31. To curl; to twist; to wreathe or interweave; to cause to wave slightly or ripple.
  32. To ripple.
  33. Curled; formed into ringlets or curls; brittle; easily broken short; in bot., having an undulated or curling margin.
  34. To wrinkle; to curl.

Usage examples for crisp

  1. Hops are sufficiently dried, when their inner stalks break short, and their leaves become crisp, and fall off easily. – The American Practical Brewer and Tanner by Joseph Coppinger
  2. I fully expected to be burned to a crisp. – David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
  3. " Get him out of the country- before Ford gets back," was the crisp order. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  4. See note on Lycidas 132. 46. curl the grove: bestow upon the grove dense, crisp foliage. – Minor Poems by Milton by John Milton
  5. As no fire had yet been kindled, the snow, of course, did not melt, but remained crisp and dry upon the floor. – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne
  6. The ground was crisp under foot; the air was soft, gentle, and pleasant. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  7. " I have a great hunger," I said as I observed a very crisp breakfast to be prepared upon the coals of the fire. – The Daredevil by Maria Thompson Daviess
  8. As he stooped and listened to Pete's breathing, the packet of crisp bills slipped from his inside pocket, and dropped to the floor. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  9. She held a cloth closely over her head and never turned to the right or left, though he thought his footsteps must be clearly audible as he tramped in his long riding boots over the crisp dry salt- bush. – The Moving Finger A Trotting Christmas Eve at Warwingie Lost! The Loss of the "Vanity" Dick Stanesby's Hutkeeper The Yanyilla Steeplechase A Digger's Christmas by Mary Gaunt
  10. The straight, lithe, figure, square shoulders, open, honest face, sunny brown eyes, with the short, crisp hair that curled about the temples, meant something alive and young: something that could laugh when she laughed and be merry over little things. – Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman by F. Hopkinson Smith
  11. He looked them over until he came to a crisp, new, five- dollar bill which he handed to Peggy. – Peggy in Her Blue Frock by Eliza Orne White
  12. The air was crisp as frost- ice. – The Adventures of Bobby Orde by Stewart Edward White
  13. Montague went in and got his money, in six new, crisp, ten- thousand- dollar bills. – The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
  14. Both lads had crisp, curly hair and frank, blue eyes. – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  15. The morning air blew upon him crisp and clear. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  16. Yes, was her crisp verdict, I may say I think it hangs even everywhere.... – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  17. They are short, crisp, emphatic and expressive. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  18. The message was in cipher, but he soon translated it, for it was short and crisp. – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. The other produced a crisp dollar bill. – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  20. Your Western atmosphere is so different from that of Giverney, in which we all paint in Paris; then, the feeling of the landscape is so different; everything is so firm and crisp in line- but I am going to get it! – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland