One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, especially in a way considered pleasing or attractive.‘crisp bacon’‘the snow is lovely and crisp’
- 1.1 (of a fruit or vegetable) firm, indicating freshness.‘crisp lettuce’
- 1.2 (of the weather) cool, fresh, and invigorating.‘a crisp autumn day’
- 1.3 (of paper or cloth) smoothly and attractively stiff and uncreased.‘a crisp $5 bill’
- 1.4 (of hair) having tight curls, giving an impression of rigidity.
- 1.1 (of a fruit or vegetable) firm, indicating freshness.
2(of a way of speaking or writing) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail.‘they were cut off with a crisp “Thank you.”’
1A dessert of fruit baked with a crunchy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour.‘rhubarb crisp’
2British term for potato chip
1Give (something, especially food) a crisp surface by placing it in an oven or grill.‘crisp the pita rounds in the oven’
- 1.1no object (of food) acquire a crisp surface by being placed in an oven or grill.‘open the foil so that the bread browns and crisps’
- 1.2archaic Curl into short, stiff, wavy folds or crinkles.
- 1.1no object (of food) acquire a crisp surface by being placed in an oven or grill.
burn something to a crisp
Burn something completely, leaving only a charred remnant.‘it is better to cook it slowly than to burn it to a crisp’
overcook, overbake, burn, burn to a cinder, burn to a crispView synonyms
- ‘The time the chicken was burnt to a crisp, or when the birthday cake collapsed will become part of your family's history - memories to be recalled with love and affection.’
- ‘All of a sudden, when the trees were burnt to a crisp, the flames were sucked back in the center as if by a vacuum.’
- ‘It seemed the toaster had something against her; everyone else could make their toast a golden brown, but when Rach put her's in, it burned it to a crisp.’
- ‘The bookshelves on the far ends of the room had been burnt to a crisp, probably in the explosion.’
- ‘When I emptied the chocolate into the bin the surface of the chocolate looked okay but underneath it was burnt to a crisp.’
- ‘For some reason, the Batards burnt the bread to a crisp.’
- ‘The beast's fiery breath had even scorched the woodland beyond, burning whole trees to a crisp.’
- ‘As for my fear of the sun, well, only an idiot will stay out in the sun until they are burnt to a crisp.’
- ‘This thing is big enough to burn the entire earth to a crisp.’
- ‘Most of her stuff was burnt to a crisp including the diamond.’
Old English (referring to hair in the sense ‘curly’): from Latin crispus ‘curled’. Other senses may result from symbolic interpretation of the sound of the word.
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