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[brisk] /brɪsk/
adjective, brisker, briskest.
quick and active; lively:
brisk trading; a brisk walk.
sharp and stimulating:
brisk weather; brisk wind.
(of liquors) effervescing vigorously:
brisk cider.
abrupt; curt:
I was surprised by her rather brisk tone.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), brisked, brisking.
to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).
Origin of brisk
1580-90; of uncertain origin
Related forms
briskly, adverb
briskness, noun
1. spry, energetic, alert.
1. languid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brisk
  • The winter has been exceptionally mild so far, but the wind today is brisk, blowing in some new weather.
  • Thanks to a brisk recovery from the financial crisis, their import demand is growing twice as fast as that of advanced markets.
  • Renting of new apartments continued brisk yesterday in various parts of the city.
  • My walks are too brisk to invite reveries, but too slow to count as workouts.
  • By midtown, streets were quite crowded, and restaurants were doing a brisk trade.
  • As an experiment, after a brisk walk on a cool morning remove your clothing and jump into bed.
  • brisk sales combined with a lack of speedy returns destroyed the company's thin margins, and the camera failed.
  • Housing starts and house prices continue to rise at a brisk pace.
  • They start off with a brisk bobbing bow, occasionally stretching their necks in a magnificent call.
  • In the standard story, the computer's evolution has been brisk and short.
British Dictionary definitions for brisk


lively and quick; vigorous: a brisk walk, trade was brisk
invigorating or sharp: brisk weather
(often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
Derived Forms
briskly, adverb
briskness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of brusque
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Word Origin and History for brisk

1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.

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