- crisp [krisp]adj.[ME & OE < L crispus, curly, waving < IE base * (s)kreisp-, to shake > CREST]1. stiff and brittle; easily broken, snapped, or crumbled [crisp bacon, cookies, etc.]2. fresh and firm [crisp celery]3. fresh and tidy [a crisp uniform]4. sharp and clear [a crisp analysis]5. lively; animated [crisp dialogue]6. fresh and invigorating; bracing [crisp air]7. sharply and squarely hit [a crisp tennis shot]8. closely curled and wiry [crisp hair]9. rippled; wavy; wrinkledn.1. something crisp; now, specif.,a) a piece of food, esp. a cookie, that is thin and crisp or contains a crunchy ingredientb) something made crisp, as by overcooking: chiefly in the phrase to a crisp [dinner burned to a crisp]c) a dessert consisting of fruit baked with a crumbly topping as of flour, sugar, and butter [apple crisp]2. Brit. POTATO CHIPvt., vi.to make or become crispSYN.- FRAGILEcrisplyadv.crispnessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.