Adjective "Crisp" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle.
  1. 'the snow is lovely and crisp'
  2. 'They began to trample their way up the slopes yet again, the crisp snow crunching beneath their feet.'
  3. 'That and the fact that when all else fails, she spreads a dollop of honey over my slightly buttered, highly crisp slices of toast.'
  4. 'I went for devilled whitebait, a good sized portion in a crisp flour coating and well dusted with cayenne pepper, served with lemon creme fraiche.'
  5. 'The banana, wrapped with a crisp flour crust, tasted like cream.'
  6. 'For the main course I had the monkfish bourguignon in a red wine sauce with crisp bacon and mushrooms.'
  7. 'Although Vollstedt's recipe is enriched with cream cheese and includes many eggs, I made a lighter version and served it with crisp bacon.'
  8. 'The water will start to steam, making the air in the oven moist, which will help the bread to rise and give it a nice, crisp crust.'
  9. 'In frosty areas this is often adorned with a crisp coating of white crystal.'
  10. 'The clams stood plump and juicy in their shells, bathed only in a bit of garlic butter, with a crisp bacon confetti on top.'
  11. 'But we don't have to give up the delicious combination of creamy icing and crisp chocolate cookie.'
  12. 'This extremely crisp, juicy, sweet apple has a rich flavor that has made it No.1 in taste panels.'
  13. 'The salad consists of a heaping bed of crisp iceberg lettuce, generous amounts of shredded carrots and beets, cubes of fresh tofu and peanut buttery gomae spinach.'
  14. '‘The customers prefer this variety, as they are big, crisp and juicy,’ says Suresh, a fruit seller.'
  15. 'Its juicy crisp flesh keeps and stews well, ensuring that it is still as popular now as it was when it was first introduced to this country.'
  16. 'While this head lettuce has a nice crisp edge to it and seems to retain its freshness in the refrigerator for a few days, it's time to look beyond this old standby and use other greens.'
  17. 'They said their blessings and feasted on a lovely meal of roasted hen and crisp vegetables and the warm bread that Emy had baked herself.'
  18. 'More importantly, enjoy the experience of eating fresh, crisp vegetables you grew yourself!'
  19. 'In soft fruit such as tomato this process occurs early in ripening whereas in crisp fruits such as apple it is a late-ripening process.'
  20. 'I prefer, however, to enjoy the crisp, juicy fruits in the cool of the morning - right from the tree.'
  21. 'Mix and sauté until the vegetables are cooked but crisp.'
  22. '£65 in crisp new notes'
  23. '‘Here,’ she reached into his purse and shoved three crisp bills into his hand.'
  24. 'Minutes later, they thought they were on the verge of the biggest pay day of their lives, perhaps dreaming of bundles of crisp notes in the post office beneath them.'
  25. 'She then holds up the crisp hundred dollar bill and smiles.'
  26. 'He was seen handing out crisp dollar bills to three star struck young boys watching filming in New York's The Bronx.'
  27. 'The girl's eyes widened at the sight of the crisp paper note being handed to her.'
  28. 'So many books piled on the shelves, glossy covers, crisp paper that had never before been read.'
  29. 'I came to believe that there were few things in the world more beautiful than the deep burning black of Baskerville type on crisp rag paper.'
  30. 'Candles flickered on the well-spaced tables which were covered with crisp white linen cloths.'
  31. 'Jay pulled out a crisp piece of paper, and rambled on about the day's schedule, mostly small things where all he had to do was walk around and look important.'
  32. 'The crisp white paper tag hung out the back as she quickly followed Eric into the living room.'
  33. 'Muhammad was middle-sized, did not have lank or crisp hair, was not fat, had a white, circular face, wide black eyes and long eyelashes.'
  34. 'Her coat stood out full-length, conserving the warmth deep inside, with the tip of each hair seeming as crisp and sharp as the grass blades, and almost as cold.'
  35. 'Michael shook his head and some of his crisp dark hair fell on his forehead, giving him a boyish look.'
(of the weather) cool, fresh, and invigorating.
  1. 'A cool crisp breeze blew lazily through the morning air.'
  2. 'Ah, the delights of the holiday season: the crisp weather, the cozy fires, the family festivities and the sumptuous feasts.'
  3. 'On arrival the weather was crisp, clear - but very, very cold.'
  4. 'He unshuttered the window, and gazed through, the crisp autumn wind bit at his face as the past bit at his heart and again he pulled himself away from it.'
  5. 'The drive was absolutely beautiful, the day was crisp and cool, and for most of the drive you could see limestone hills and trees.'
  6. 'After yesterday's cold, crisp, but sunny weather, today is utter rubbish.'
  7. 'The weather was crisp and cool, with the smell of woodsmoke in the air.'
  8. 'I could feel the heat radiating from his body even in the crisp, cool January weather and could see the blue of his eyes boring into mine.'
  9. 'The weather was cold and crisp but very hazy.'
  10. 'For 11 million people in the U.S. the cool crisp days of fall don't bring a renewal of energy but rather a descent into depression.'
(of a way of speaking) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail.
  1. 'Some years ago, I was in Judge Gladys Kessler's courtroom and admired the crisp decisiveness of her judicial temperament.'
  2. 'Matthews is a technician who lacks classic arm strength but runs the offense to perfection with crisp decisionmaking.'
  3. 'Carlow were quickly into their stride and with the pack dominant they surprised their opponents with some driving mauls and crisp and decisive tackling.'
  4. 'He must adjust with quick, decisive moves and crisp passes that set up open teammates.'
  5. 'The writing is crisp, the detail and background fresh and believable.'
  6. 'The new version boasts a crisp, no-nonsense presentation that gets right down to business.'
  7. 'Lengthy news stories, usually speeches taken down verbatim in shorthand and printed in full, have given way to short and crisp reports.'
  8. 'His voice was crisp and business-like, as usual, when he wasn't sneering.'
  9. 'Here comes a docu-drama that sails to its destination with such crisp editing and concise narration that you wonder what was the fuss all about!'


A wafer-thin slice of potato fried or baked until crisp and eaten as a snack.
  1. 'Only pubs that do not serve food and pubs that limit their food to snacks such as crisps will not be subject to the ban.'
  2. 'Among the favourite snacks listed were chocolate, crisps, pastries and cakes, pies and sausage rolls.'
  3. 'It is very hard to resist junk food but here we don't let anyone bring in chocolate or crisps for snacks.'
  4. 'Children should be encouraged to eat fewer high fat snacks such as crisps and biscuits and to avoid consuming a large proportion of total energy from sweetened drinks.'
  5. 'Del's big weakness is chips and she likes to snack on crisps late at night.'
  6. 'Ann's club sandwich with side salad and crisps nearly sunk her.'
  7. 'During the morning, she munches a blueberry muffin, a packet of crisps, a sausage roll and a pizza.'
  8. 'The buffet, on the other hand, consisted of a catering-size sack of salt and vinegar crisps, some biscuits and four sausage rolls.'
  9. 'Found in certain brands of potato crisp, it works because the body cannot absorb it.'
  10. 'Satisfy any sugar cravings with fruit, rather than chocolates and biscuits, and try not to overindulge in cream, butter, crisps, nuts, fried and sauce-drenched foods.'
A dessert of fruit baked with a crunchy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour.
  1. 'Finally, when it comes to desserts, try the easy summer fruit cobblers and crisps on page 98.'
  2. 'Place apple crisp on the grill and bake as directed.'
  3. 'Next came mofongo in a timbale of mashed plantains with breadfruit crisp.'


Give (food) a crisp surface by placing it in an oven or under a grill.
  1. 'Maybe I could fry them at a high temperature and cook them through and crisp them up in one step.'
  2. 'To crisp both sides of the chicken, turn it over once midway through the cooking time.'
  3. 'When duck is cooked, fry in a hot pan for one minute to crisp the skin.'
  4. 'I use it whenever I want to crisp up the outside of some bread, and it does a perfectly good job.'
  5. 'Devon was evacuating because he'd crisped himself like bacon.'
  6. 'By the time we leave, the sun is a furnace blazing magnified through the windscreen, crisping my skin.'
  7. 'Although the squid had a wonderful texture, the oil had not been hot enough to crisp the batter.'
  8. 'Roast for about 30 minutes, basting the chicken with the pan juices 3 or 4 times, to help brown and crisp the skin.'
  9. 'open the foil so that the bread browns and crisps'
  10. 'Lay a butter paper or loose sheet of foil on top and bake for about 1 hour, removing the butter paper or foil for the last half hour to brown and crisp.'
  11. 'Some specimens have skins; some exhibit a slightly glazed exterior; others are nicely crisped.'
  12. 'One other trick is to fill the burrito and put it on a grill until it crisps up.'
  13. 'Put the duck back in the oven and let it crisp up for 5 minutes or so then move to a warm dish.'
  14. 'It is studded with rustic croutons that have been crisped to a turn in butter.'
  15. 'Squash the mixture down with a palette knife and cook till the bottom has browned and crisped in the butter.'
  16. 'Less lettuce would have worked if the lonesome anchovy had been whizzed into the dressing and the bacon crisped up before serving.'
  17. 'The intense heat drives moisture from the crust, making it crisp and filling the oven with steam.'
  18. 'Even in that shaded spot it was warm and dry and the moss had crisped a little over the log they sat on.'
  19. 'Before serving, put the potatoes back into the hot oven to crisp, foil packet open, for 15 to 20 minutes.'
Curl (something) into short, stiff, wavy folds or crinkles.
  1. 'I stared: the fur covering the left side of his face, chest and left arm was crisped to short curls.'


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 (us

More examples(as adjective)

"whichs can be crisp on outsides."

"photographs can be crisp of places."

"photographs can be crisp of people."

"grasses can be crisp with frosts."

"gills can be crisp with bloods."

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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.


burn something to a crisp