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Meaning of “crisp” in the English Dictionary

"crisp" in British English

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crispadjective

uk   us   /krɪsp/ mainly approving
  • crisp adjective (HARD)

hard enough to be ​brokeneasily used to ​describecookedfoods, 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 ​whitetablecloth
  • crisp adjective (COLD)

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

crispnoun

uk   us   /krɪsp/
  • crisp noun (POTATO)

A2 [C usually plural] UK (US chip, potato chip) a very ​thin, often round ​piece of ​friedpotato, sometimes with a ​flavouradded, ​soldespecially in ​plasticbags: a ​packet ofsalt and ​vinegar crisps

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  • crisp noun (SWEET FOOD)

[C] US (UK crumble) a ​sweetdish made from ​fruitcovered in a ​mixture of ​flour, ​butter, and ​sugarrubbed together into ​smallpieces, ​baked, and ​eatenhot: apple crisp
(Definition of crisp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crisp" in American English

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crispadjective

 us   /krɪsp/
  • crisp adjective (HARD)

(of ​food) hard enough to be ​brokeneasilyinstead of ​bent: crisp ​bacon crisp ​rolls
  • crisp adjective (FRESH)

fresh and ​clean: I like to ​sleep on crisp ​cottonsheets. The ​tellerhanded me a crisp hundred-dollar ​bill.
  • crisp adjective (COOL)

(of ​air) ​cool, ​clear, and ​likely to make you ​feelawake and ​active: Crisp ​breezesbring out ​boats of every ​size. It was a crisp, midwinter ​morning in Massachusetts.
  • crisp adjective (DIRECT)

(of ​speech or writing) ​quick and ​direct: I ​prefer Channel 1’s crisp ​presentation of the ​news.
crispy
adjective  us   /ˈkrɪs·pi/
approving hot, crispy ​noodles

crispnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /krɪsp/ Br
potatochip
(Definition of crisp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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