Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “crisp”

See all translations

crisp

adjective uk   /krɪsp/ mainly approving us  

crisp adjective (HARD)

hard enough to be broken easily used to describe cooked foods, such as pastry and biscuits, that are well cooked so that they are just dry and hard enough Crisp fruit or vegetables are fresh and firm: a crisp appleC2 Crisp paper or cloth is stiff and smooth: a crisp new £5 note/a crisp white tablecloth

crisp adjective (CLEAR)

A crisp sound or image is very clear: Now that we have cable, we get a wonderfully crisp picture. A crisp way of speaking, writing, or behaving is quick, confident, and effective: a crisp reply a crisp, efficient manner

crisp adjective (COLD)

C2 Crisp weather is cold, dry, and bright: a wonderful crisp spring morning Crisp air is cold, dry, and fresh: I breathed in deeply the crisp mountain air.
crisply
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
crispness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

crisp

noun uk   /krɪsp/ us  

crisp noun (POTATO)

A2 [C usually plural] UK ( US chip, potato chip) a very thin, often round piece of fried potato, sometimes with a flavour added, sold especially in plastic bags: a packet of salt and vinegar crisps
More examples

crisp noun (SWEET FOOD)

[C] US ( UK crumble) a sweet dish made from fruit covered in a mixture of flour, butter, and sugar rubbed together into small pieces, baked, and eaten hot: apple crisp
(Definition of crisp from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of crisp?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “crisp” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More