From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcrispcrisp1 ●○○ adjective 1 DFhard something that is crisp is hard, and makes a pleasant sound when you break it or crush it She kicked at the crisp leaves at her feet. He stepped carefully through the crisp deep snow.► see thesaurus at hard2 CSBREAKfood food that is crisp is pleasantly hard or firm when you bite it syn crispy opp soggy a crisp green salad a crisp juicy apple Cook the pastry until it is crisp and golden. The meat should be nice and crisp on the outside.3 TIMpaper/cloth paper or cloth that is crisp is fresh, clean, and new syn fresh a crisp new five-dollar bill crisp cotton sheets4 DNCOLDweather weather that is crisp is cold and dry opp humid The air was fresh and crisp. a crisp clear autumn day The weather remained crisp and dry.► see thesaurus at cold5 CONFIDENTpeople if someone behaves or speaks in a crisp way, they are confident, polite, and firm, but not very friendly Her tone was crisp and businesslike.6 picture/sound a picture or sound that is crisp is clear syn sharp an old recording that still sounds remarkably crisp —crisply adverb ‘Take a seat, ’ she said crisply. —crispness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpuscrisp• Bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes; set aside.• She handed me a crisp $20 bill.• You can serve the chicken with a crispy stir fry of mixed vegetables.• In a large ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over moderate heat until crisp, about 10 minutes.• Ladies swim in the pond itself, which is crisp and clean with ducks upon it.• The weather was crisp and clear and you could see the mountains fifty miles away.• The general's voice was crisp and clear as he addressed the meeting.• Give them enough bait to lure them and when they call be cool, crisp, and efficient.• It's hard driven, but Tommy is unmistakeably a jazz drummer, very crisp and energetic and clearly leading the group.• Bake the pastry at 180 for about twenty minutes until crisp and golden.• a crisp apple• I love to be out of doors on these bright, crisp autumn mornings.• Brush the tops of the loaves with cold water, which helps form the crisp crust for which French bread is famous.• The crisp, dry leaves rustled underneath her feet.• a delicious crisp green apple• By the time they were brown and crisp, his question no longer was quite so rhetorical.• His feet broke through the crisp outer layer of snow.• a crisp piece of bacon• a crisp salad• It was a crisp winter morning.