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Definition of crisp adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (crisper, crispest) (usually approving)
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  1. 1(of food) (also crispy) (approving) pleasantly hard and dry Bake until the pastry is golden and crisp.
  2. 2(of fruit and vegetables) (also crispy) firm and fresh a crisp apple/lettuce
  3. 3(of paper or cloth) fresh and clean; new and slightly stiff without any folds in it a crisp new $5 bill a crisp white shirt
  4. 4(of the air or the weather) pleasantly dry and cold a crisp winter morning The air was crisp and clear and the sky was blue.
  5. 5(of snow, leaves, etc.) firm or dry, and making a pleasant noise when crushed deep, crisp snow
  6. 6(of sounds, images, etc.) pleasantly clear and sharp The recording sounds very crisp, considering its age.
  7. 7(sometimes disapproving) (of a person's way of speaking) quick and confident in a way that suggests that the person is busy or is not being friendly Her answer was crisp, and she gave no details.
    adverb crisply fried potatoes “Take a seat,” she said crisply.
    noun [uncountable] The salad had lost its crispness.
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