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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: crisp 'curly' (10-20 centuries), from Latin crispus

crisp

2 adjective
     
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1DF

hard

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.
2CS

food

food that is crisp is pleasantly hard or firm when you bite it [= crispy; ≠ 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.
3TIM

paper/cloth

paper or cloth that is crisp is fresh, clean, and new [= fresh]:
a crisp, new five dollar bill
crisp cotton sheets.
4DN

weather

weather that is crisp is cold and dry [≠ humid]:
The air was fresh and crisp.
a crisp, clear autumn day
The weather remained crisp and dry.
5

people

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 [= sharp]:
an old recording that still sounds remarkably crisp
crisply adverb:
'Take a seat,' she said crisply.
crispness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: weather WORD FOCUS: weather
good weather: sunny/fine used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of sunshine
nice
/lovely/glorious very sunny and good
bright
if the weather is bright, the sun shines strongly
there isn't a cloud in the sky
the sky is completely clear
dry
if the weather is dry, it does not rain
fair
sunny and not windy or rainy - used especially in weather forecasts

rain: wet/rainy/damp used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of rain
unsettled
if the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains
drizzle
light rain which consists of very small drops of water
shower
a short period of rain
downpour
a short period when it suddenly rains very heavily

it's pouring down British English/it's pouring rain American English it is raining very hard
it's drizzling
it is raining a little, with very small drops of rain

snow: snowy used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of snow
sleet
a mixture of snow and rain
slush
a mixture of partly melted snow and ice
hail
/hailstones frozen drops of rain, that fall as drops of ice
blizzard
a storm with a lot of snow and strong wind
frost
white powder that covers the ground when it is cold

wind: windy used to describe a day or weather when there is a lot of wind
blustery
very windy

breeze a gentle pleasant wind
hurricane
(in the Atlantic Ocean) /typhoon (in the Pacific Ocean) a violent storm with extremely strong winds

cloudy: cloudy used to describe weather or a day when there are a lot of clouds in the sky
grey
/dull cloudy and not bright
overcast
if the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and it is likely to rain
hazy
not clear, especially because there is a slight mist caused by heat or smoke

hot: boiling/scorching/sizzling/blazing/burning/baking/broiling (hot) extremely hot
sweltering
very hot and humid
warm
a little hot, in a way that is pleasant
balmy
pleasantly warm, with a gentle wind blowing
heatwave
a period of unusually hot weather

cold: freezing (cold) extremely cold
arctic
extremely cold, usually with a lot of ice and snow
wintry
cold and snowy or rainy, like the weather in winter
crisp
if the air is crisp, it feels cold but pleasantly fresh and clear
chilly
a little too cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
cool
a little cold, in a way that is pleasant
cold snap
/cold spell a period of unusually cold weather


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