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"crisp" in British English

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crispadjective

uk   /krɪsp/  us   /krɪsp/ mainly approving
  • 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 apple
C2 Crisp paper or cloth is stiff and smooth: a crisp new £5 note/a crisp white tablecloth
  • 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   /ˈkrɪsp.li/  us   /ˈkrɪsp.li/
crispness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkrɪsp.nəs/  us   /ˈkrɪsp.nəs/

crispnoun

uk   /krɪsp/  us   /krɪsp/
  • 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

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  • 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 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 broken easily instead of bent: crisp bacon crisp rolls
  • crisp adjective (FRESH)

fresh and clean: I like to sleep on crisp cotton sheets. The teller handed me a crisp hundred-dollar bill.
  • crisp adjective (COOL)

(of air) cool, clear, and likely to make you feel awake and active: Crisp breezes bring 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
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