Crisp vs. Crunch - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Sharp, clearly defined.

    "This new television set has a very crisp image."

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.

    "The crisp snow crunched underfoot."

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Dry and cold.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Quick and accurate.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Brief and to the point.

    "An expert, given a certain query, will often come up with a crisp answer: “yes” or “no”."

  • Crisp (adjective)

    having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Lively; sparking; effervescing.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.

    "crisp hair"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Curled by the ripple of water.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Not using fuzzy logic; based on a binary distinction between true and false.

  • Crisp (noun)

    A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.

  • Crisp (noun)

    A baked dessert made with fruit and crumb topping

    "crumble|crunch"

  • Crisp (noun)

    Anything baked or fried and eaten as a snack

    "kale crisps"

  • Crisp (verb)

    To make crisp.

    "to crisp bacon by frying it"

  • Crisp (verb)

    To become crisp.

  • Crisp (verb)

    To curl; to form into ringlets, for example hair, or the nap of cloth

  • Crisp (verb)

    to interweave, like the branches of trees.

  • Crisp (verb)

    To undulate or ripple.

  • Crisp (verb)

    To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To crush something, especially food, with a noisy crackling sound.

    "When I came home, Susan was watching TV with her feet up on the couch, crunching a piece of celery."

  • Crunch (verb)

    To be crushed with a noisy crackling sound.

    "Beetles crunched beneath the men's heavy boots as they worked."

  • Crunch (verb)

    To calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch numbers: to perform mathematical calculations). Presumably from the sound made by mechanical calculators.

    "That metadata makes it much easier for the search engine to crunch the data for queries."

  • Crunch (verb)

    To grind or press with violence and noise.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To emit a grinding or crunching noise.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To compress (data) using a particular algorithm, so that it can be restored by decrunching.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To make employees work overtime in order to meet a deadline in the development of a project.

  • Crunch (noun)

    A noisy crackling sound; the sound usually associated with crunching.

  • Crunch (noun)

    A critical moment or event.

  • Crunch (noun)

    A problem that leads to a crisis.

  • Crunch (noun)

    A form of abdominal exercise, based on a sit-up but in which the lower back remains in contact with the floor.

  • Crunch (noun)

    A small piece created by crushing; pieces of material with a friable or crunchy texture.

  • Crunch (noun)

    The overtime work required to catch up and finish a project, usually in the final weeks of development before release.

  • Crunch (noun)

    A dessert consisting of a crunchy topping with fruit underneath

    "crisp|crumble"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle

    "crisp bacon"

    "the snow is lovely and crisp"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of a fruit or vegetable) firm and juicy

    "a crisp lettuce"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of paper or cloth) stiff and uncreased

    "£65 in crisp new notes"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of hair) having tight curls.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of the weather) cool, fresh, and invigorating

    "a crisp autumn day"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of a way of speaking) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail

    "her answer was crisp"

  • Crisp (noun)

    a wafer-thin slice of potato fried or baked until crisp and eaten as a snack.

    "cut down on fatty snacks such as crisps"

  • Crisp (noun)

    a dessert of fruit baked with a crunchy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour

    "rhubarb crisp"

  • Crisp (verb)

    give (food) a crisp surface by placing it in an oven or under a grill

    "crisp the pitta in the oven"

  • Crisp (verb)

    (of food) develop a crisp surface in an oven or under a grill

    "open the foil so that the bread browns and crisps"

  • Crisp (verb)

    curl (something) into short, stiff, wavy folds or crinkles

    "there is a cooling breeze which crisps the broad clear river"

  • Crunch (verb)

    crush (a hard or brittle foodstuff) with the teeth, making a loud but muffled grinding sound

    "she paused to crunch a ginger biscuit"

  • Crunch (verb)

    make a crunching sound, especially when walking or driving over gravel or an icy surface

    "the snow crunched as we walked"

    "footsteps began to crunch across the frozen rock"

  • Crunch (verb)

    (especially of a computer) process (large quantities of information)

    "the program crunches data from 14,000 sensors to decipher evolving patterns"

  • Crunch (noun)

    a loud muffled grinding sound like that of something hard or brittle being crushed

    "Marco's fist struck Brian's nose with a crunch"

  • Crunch (noun)

    a crucial point or situation, typically one at which a decision with important consequences must be made

    "when it comes to the crunch you chicken out"

  • Crunch (noun)

    a severe shortage of money or credit

    "the agencies are facing a financial crunch"

  • Crunch (noun)

    a physical exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles; a sit-up.

Webster Dictionary

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Curled with the ripple of the water.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Lively; sparking; effervescing.

  • Crisp (adjective)

    Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.

  • Crisp

    To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.

  • Crisp

    To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple. Cf. Crimp.

  • Crisp

    To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking.

  • Crisp (verb)

    To undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp, v. t.

  • Crisp (noun)

    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.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To chew with force and noise; to craunch.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To grind or press with violence and noise.

  • Crunch (verb)

    To emit a grinding or craunching noise.

  • Crunch

    To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch; as, to crunch a biscuit.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Crisp (noun)

    a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat

  • Crisp (verb)

    make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface;

    "The dress got wrinkled"

  • Crisp (verb)

    make brown and crisp by heating;

    "toast bread"

    "crisp potatoes"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined;

    "a sharp photographic image"

    "the sharp crack of a twig"

    "the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    tender and brittle;

    "crisp potato chips"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    pleasantly cold and invigorating;

    "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"

    "a nipping wind"

    "a nippy fall day"

    "snappy weather"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed;

    "crisp carrot and celery sticks"

    "a firm apple"

    "crunchy lettuce"

  • Crisp (adjective)

    in small tight curls

  • Crisp (adjective)

    brief and to the point; effectively cut short;

    "a crisp retort"

    "a response so curt as to be almost rude"

    "the laconic reply; `yes'"

    "short and terse and easy to understand"

  • Crunch (noun)

    the sound of something crunching;

    "he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"

  • Crunch (noun)

    a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources);

    "an end-of-the year crunch"

    "a financial crunch"

  • Crunch (noun)

    the act of crushing

  • Crunch (verb)

    make crunching noises;

    "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"

  • Crunch (verb)

    press or grind with a crunching noise

  • Crunch (verb)

    chew noisily;

    "The children crunched the celery sticks"

  • Crunch (verb)

    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading;

    "grind the spices in a mortar"

    "mash the garlic"

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