brisk

[brisk]
adjective, brisker, briskest.
1.
quick and active; lively: brisk trading; a brisk walk.
2.
sharp and stimulating: brisk weather; brisk wind.
3.
(of liquors) effervescing vigorously: brisk cider.
4.
abrupt; curt: I was surprised by her rather brisk tone.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), brisked, brisking.
5.
to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up ).

Origin:
1580–90; of uncertain origin

briskly, adverb
briskness, noun


1. spry, energetic, alert.


1. languid.
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brisk (brɪsk)
 
adj
1.  lively and quick; vigorous: a brisk walk; trade was brisk
2.  invigorating or sharp: brisk weather
 
vb
3.  (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
 
[C16: probably variant of brusque]
 
'briskly
 
adv
 
'briskness
 
n

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brisk
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of Fr. brusque (q.v.).
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Example sentences
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.
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