Definition of crisp adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krɪsp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪsp//
    (crisper, crispest) (usually approving) Confident
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  1. 1  (of food) (also crispy) pleasantly hard and dry Bake until the pastry is golden and crisp. Wordfinderchewy, creamy, crisp, crunchy, greasy, juicy, mushy, rubbery, tender, tough
  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. See related entries: Confident
  8. Word OriginOld 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.Extra examples The air was crisp and fresh. The sheets looked clean and crisp. When fried, the bacon rind becomes crisp and brown. It was a crisp winter morning. She stepped out into the crisp night air.
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