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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Crisp
  1. Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.
  2. Curled with the ripple of the water.(Poetic)"You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . . . Leave jour crisp channels." [Shak.]
  3. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow."The cakes at tea ate short and crisp." [Goldsmith.]
  4. 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.]
  5. Lively; sparking; effervescing."Your neat crisp claret." [Beau. & Fl.]
  6. 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

verb Crisp
  1. To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
  2. To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple. Cf. Crimp."The lover with the myrtle sprays Adorns his crisped tresses." [Drayton.]"Along the crisped shades and bowers." [Milton.]"The crisped brooks, Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold." [Milton.]
  3. To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking.

Etymology: L. crispare, fr. crispus. See Crisp. (a.)

verb Crisp
To undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp (v. t.)
noun Crisp
That which is crisp or brittle; the state of being crisp or brittle; as, burned to a crisp ; specifically, the rind of roasted pork; crackling.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
  2. Make brown and crisp by heating ("crisp potatoes")
  3. Make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in; `crisp' is archaic
  4. Brief and to the point; effectively cut short ("a crisp retort")
  5. (of something seen or heard) clearly defined ("the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot")
  6. (of hair) in small tight curls
  7. Pleasingly firm and fresh ("crisp lettuce")
  8. Pleasantly cold and invigorating ("crisp clear nights and frosty mornings")
  9. Tender and brittle ("crisp potato chips")

From Middle English crisp (“curly”), from Old English crisp (“curly”), from Latin crispus (“curly”)

  1. (Britain) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.

Notable Persons Named Crisp

Crisp was born in 1700 in Chiswick. He breathed his last breath in 1761.


Crisp was born on October 25th, 1797. He passed away in 1856.


Crisp was born in 1730. He passed away in 1792.


Crisp was born in 1882. He left this life in 1969.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Crisp

Coco Crisp is a baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. Coco was born on November 1st, 1979 in Los Angeles.


Quentin Crisp was a writer. Quentin was given the name Denis Charles Pratt on December 25th, 1908 in Sutton, Surrey, England, United Kingdom. He left this life on November 21st, 1999.


Donald Crisp was an actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He was most active from 1908 to present. Donald was given the name George William Crisp on July 27th, 1882 in Bow, London. He breathed his last breath on May 25th, 1974.


Brandon was born on January 18th, 1993 in Canada.


Terry Crisp is a hockey player. He was most active from 1963 to 1977. Terry was born on May 28th, 1943 in Parry Sound, Ontario.


Thomas Crisp is a military person. His military service ended in 1915.


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Popularity of Crisp as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Crisp U.S.
  White 81.74% 64.26%
  African American 12.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Crisp

People with the last name Crisp are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Crisp

  • How Popular is the name Crisp? As a last name Crisp was the 2,830th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Crisp first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Crisp is Wednesday, July 4th, 1888.
  • How unique is the name Crisp? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Crisp. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Crisp: Your name in reverse order is Psirc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Psric. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Crisp? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,741 people with the last name Crisp.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Crisp? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Crisp as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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