crisp

[krisp]
adjective, crisper, crispest.
1.
(especially of food) hard but easily breakable; brittle: crisp toast.
2.
(especially of food) firm and fresh; not soft or wilted: a crisp leaf of lettuce.
3.
brisk; sharp; clear; decided: a crisp reply.
4.
lively; pithy; sparkling: crisp repartee.
5.
clean-cut, neat, and well-pressed; well-groomed.
6.
bracing; invigorating: crisp air.
7.
crinkled, wrinkled, or rippled, as skin or water.
8.
in small, stiff, or firm curls; curly.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
9.
to make or become crisp.
10.
to curl.
noun
11.
Chiefly British, potato chip.
12.
a dessert of fruit, as apples or apricots, baked with a crunchy mixture, usually of bread crumbs, chopped nutmeats, butter, and brown sugar.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin crispus curled

crisply, adverb
crispness, noun


6. brisk, fresh, nippy.
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crisp (krɪsp)
 
adj
1.  dry and brittle
2.  fresh and firm: crisp lettuce
3.  invigorating or bracing: a crisp breeze
4.  clear; sharp: crisp reasoning
5.  lively or stimulating: crisp conversation
6.  clean and orderly; neat: a crisp appearance
7.  concise and pithy; terse: a crisp reply
8.  wrinkled or curly: crisp hair
 
vb
9.  to make or become crisp
 
n
10.  (Brit) a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
11.  something that is crisp
 
[Old English, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled]
 
'crisply
 
adv
 
'crispness
 
n

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crisp
O.E. crisp "curly," from L. crispus "curled." It began to mean "brittle" 1530, for obscure reasons. Figurative sense of "neat, brisk" is from 1814. Potato crisps (the British version of U.S. potato chips) is from 1929.
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