crisp´ness


crisp´ness
crisp «krihsp», adjective, verb, noun.
–adj.
1. hard and thin; breaking easily with a snap: »

Dry toast and fresh celery are crisp.

SYNONYM(S): brittle.
2. Figurative. sharp and clear: a) fresh; bracing: »

The air was cool and crisp.

b) short and decided; clear-cut: »

“Don't talk; fight,” was his crisp answer. Hemingway wrote stories in a crisp style.

SYNONYM(S): decisive.
3. Figurative. a) brisk; animated: »

a crisp manner.

b) lively or sparkling: »

crisp conversation.

4. neat; clean-cut: »

crisp clothes.

5. curly and wiry: »

crisp hair.

6. rippled; wrinkled; undulating: »

crisp waves.

–v.t., v.i.
to make or become crisp: »

Crisp the lettuce in cold water.

–n.
1. something crisp.
2. British. a thin slice of potato fried until crisp; potato chip.
3. Dialect. crackling (def. 2).
[Old English crisp curly < Latin crispus curled]
crisp´ly, adverb.
crisp´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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