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



    BrE BrE//krɪsp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪsp//
    Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1(also potato crisp) (both British English) (North American English chip, potato chip) a thin round slice of potato that is fried until hard then dried and eaten cold. Crisps are sold in bags and have many different flavours. a packet of smoky bacon crisps
  2. 2(North American English) (British English crumble
    BrE BrE//ˈkrʌmbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌmbl//
    [uncountable, countable] a dessert (= a sweet dish) made from fruit that is covered with a rough mixture of flour, butter and sugar, cooked in the oven and usually served hot apple crisp See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  3. 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.Idioms
    burn something to a cinder/crisp
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    to cook something for too long or with too much heat, so that it becomes badly burnt By the time I got home, the cake was burnt to a cinder.
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