Piazza Sempione was dominated by crisply pleated skirts and simple shirt-dresses.
Strong, young, crisply uniformed, he or she would shake, sigh, stare blankly, or cry, recounting variations of this statement.
"We are doing everything possible," the woman said to him crisply.
"There's one thing I don't understand about either of you," Alice returned, crisply.
"Had that Bridgeport transit matter and some other work I wanted to finish," he said crisply.
"I don't know what you understand, Daniels," he said, crisply.
"My own opinion," he said crisply; then his face changed; he looked toward the door.
Her tone was so crisply sarcastic that he turned in astonishment.
"Now about this motor-boat," he went on crisply, veering to a less delicate subject.
"That's all right, that's all right," broke in the Captain, crisply.
Old English crisp "curly," from Latin crispus "curled, wrinkled, having curly hair," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." It began to mean "brittle" 1520s, for obscure reasons, perhaps based on what happens to flat things when they are cooked. Figurative sense of "neat, brisk" is from 1814; perhaps a separate word. As a noun, from late 14c. Potato crisps (the British version of U.S. potato chips) is from 1929.
late 14c., "to curl," from crisp (adj.). Meaning "to become brittle" is from 1805. Related: Crisped; crisping.