crispy late 14c., "curly," from CRISP (Cf. crisp) (adj.) + -Y (Cf. -y) (2). Meaning "brittle" is recorded from 1610s.

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  • Crispy — Crisp y ( ?), a. 1. Formed into short, close ringlets; frizzed; crisp; as, crispy locks. [1913 Webster] 2. Crisp; brittle; as, a crispy pie crust. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • crispy — adjective (crispier; est) Date: 14th century 1. crisp 1 < crispy hair > 2. appealingly crunchy ; crisp < crispy fried chicken > • crispiness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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