- Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.
- Curled with the ripple of the water.(Poetic)"You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . . . Leave jour crisp channels." [Shak.]
- Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow."The cakes at tea ate short and crisp." [Goldsmith.]
- Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition."It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years." [Leigh Hunt.]
- Lively; sparking; effervescing."Your neat crisp claret." [Beau. & Fl.]
- Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively."The snug, small room, and the crisp fire." [Dickens.]
Etymology: AS. crisp, fr. L. crispus; cf. carpere to pluck, card (wool), and E. harvest. Cf. Crape