Definition of crisply in English:



  • 1In a way that is distinct in outline or detail.

    ‘crisply focused details’
    • ‘The crisply cut surfaces of white marble are still unsullied by stains or signs of wear.’
    • ‘Colours are, for the most part, crisply and faithfully rendered.’
    • ‘They have made sure the picture is crisply rendered and clear of any major imperfections.’
    • ‘The picture is crisply detailed.’
    • ‘It's nice to hear natural sounds like the surf and seagulls so crisply.’
    • ‘You need deep borders, crisply defined with paths and edging.’
    • ‘They are crisply made, decorative paintings that balance the use of line and masses of colour effectively.’
    • ‘The crisply outlined forms of the painting tend to seem more cool than warm in black-and-white reproductions.’
    • ‘You'll also notice how cleanly and crisply voices will come across through the headset.’
    • ‘I'm starting to hit the ball more crisply each day.’
    1. 1.1 In a brisk and concise way.
      ‘she replied crisply that there would be little demand for GM crops’
      • ‘The staging is also serviceable but uninspiring, with scene changes needing to be made more crisply.’
      • ‘She taps out her rhythms crisply.’
      • ‘She introduced herself crisply.’
      • ‘The film moves along crisply and the familiar ground is covered in an entertaining fashion.’
      • ‘He made the decision and gave his orders crisply down the phone.’
      • ‘We were crisply ushered to the plush elevator that politely transported us vertically to the top.’
      • ‘"I am not," he responds crisply.’
      • ‘The film moves quickly and crisply, never losing the audience.’
      • ‘"Well, some people do, some people don't - that's the beauty of society," he replied rather crisply.’
      • ‘They stood to attention while they were being crisply briefed.’
  • 2So as to have a firm, dry, brittle texture.

    ‘crisply fried brown onions’
    • ‘A new type of gypsum panel scores and snaps more crisply and cleanly, leaving sharper edges that butt together snugly.’
    • ‘Two thick pieces of simply delicious, crisply fried challah bread arrive.’
    • ‘True black petals would absorb sun and heat so rapidly they'd be crisply cooked before they could open.’
    • ‘I can't resist huge slices of crisply crusted, melt in your mouth onion rings.’
    • ‘It contained crisply fried eggplant topped with lobster salad.’
    • ‘It turned out to be a crisply roasted chicken breast.’
    • ‘I enjoyed a single crisply grilled quail.’
    • ‘The breakfast consisted of two fried eggs and two rashers of streaky bacon crisply done.’
    • ‘Slices of crisply fried black pudding are also wonderful as a topping.’
    • ‘Roll the patties lightly in the flour, then fry them in the oil, until they are crisply golden on each side.’
    1. 2.1 (in relation to dress) formally and neatly.
      ‘he was crisply dressed in a grey suit and white shirt’
      • ‘A crisply dressed older man sits down in a barber's chair in a shop on 43rd Street.’
      • ‘How relieved we felt with the first glimpse of his immaculate smile and his crisply ironed lab coat.’
      • ‘The elderly Russian gentleman, wearing a crisply tailored dark suit and burgundy tie, walked slowly, with the help of his cane.’
      • ‘The staff were crisply turned out in black.’
      • ‘Their blond hair is tightly braided, and their outfits are crisply pressed.’
      • ‘She was a little taller than I was and wore a crisply pressed business suit.’
      • ‘In the distance, a crisply turned out man walked briskly towards us.’
      • ‘I admire the sweet servers, male and female alike crisply dressed in white shirts, black ties and long black aprons.’
      • ‘She was quick to observe his crisply cut sandy-blonde hair and shy demeanor.’
      • ‘One figure stood out of the foreground, however, wearing a crisply starched white shirt and fixing the camera with a clear gaze.’