Crisp Crisp (kr?sp), a. [AS. crisp, fr. L. crispus; cf. carpere to pluck, card (wool), and E. harvest. Cf. {Crape}.] 1. Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair. [1913 Webster]

2. Curled with the ripple of the water. [Poetic] [1913 Webster]

You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . . . Leave jour crisp channels. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow. [1913 Webster]

The cakes at tea ate short and crisp. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

4. Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition. [1913 Webster]

It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years. --Leigh Hunt. [1913 Webster]

5. Lively; sparking; effervescing. [1913 Webster]

Your neat crisp claret. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

6. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively. [1913 Webster]

The snug, small room, and the crisp fire. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.