crisp

Something that's crisp is thin, dry, and breakable. Unless they're stale, most crackers are crisp.

Gingersnaps are crisp, and so is toast — in fact, crisp often describes food, although crunchy snow and dry, brown leaves are also crisp. To crisp something is to cook or dry it until it's brittle, and when a voice is crisp, it's abrupt and no-nonsense. A crisp fall morning is fresh and cold. In Old English, crisp meant "curly," from the Latin crispus, "curled." The "brittle" definition is probably imitative, the word sounding like its meaning.

Definitions of crisp
  1. adjective
    tender and brittle
    crisp potato chips”
    synonyms: crispy, crunchy
    tender
    easy to cut or chew
  2. noun
    a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
    synonyms: Saratoga chip, chip, potato chip
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    type of:
    snack food
    food for light meals or for eating between meals
  3. verb
    make brown and crisp by heating
    crisp potatoes”
    synonyms: crispen, toast
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    type of:
    heat, heat up
    make hot or hotter
  4. adjective
    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
    “the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot”
    synonyms: sharp
    distinct
    easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
  5. adjective
    brief and to the point; effectively cut short
    “a crisp retort”
    synonyms: curt, laconic, terse
    concise
    expressing much in few words
  6. adjective
    pleasingly firm and fresh
    crisp lettuce”
    Synonyms:
    fresh
    recently made, produced, or harvested
  7. adjective
    pleasantly cold and invigorating
    crisp clear nights and frosty mornings”
    synonyms: frosty, nipping, nippy, snappy
    cold
    having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
  8. adjective
    (of hair) in small tight curls
    synonyms: frizzly, frizzy, kinky, nappy
    curly
    (of hair) having curls or waves
  9. verb
    make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
    synonyms: crease, crinkle, ruckle, scrunch, scrunch up, wrinkle
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    types:
    cockle, crumple, knit, pucker, rumple
    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    pucker, ruck, ruck up
    become wrinkled or drawn together
    type of:
    fold, fold up, turn up
    bend or lay so that one part covers the other
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