crisp

\ \ [OE] Historically, crisp means ‘curly’. It was borrowed into Old English from Latin crispuscurled’ (which was also the source of French crêpe, acquired by English as crape in the 17th century and then reborrowed in the original French form in the 19th century). The reason for the emergence of the word’s modern sense ‘brittle’, which happened in the early 16th century, is not clear, it may simply be that the sound of the word suggested brittleness.
\ \ Cf.CRAPE, CRÊPE

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  • Crisp — Crisp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crisped} (kr?spt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crisping}.] [L. crispare, fr. crispus. See {Crisp}. a. ] 1. To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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