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[brisk] /brɪsk/
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 of brisk
1580-1590
1580-90; of uncertain origin
Related forms
briskly, adverb
briskness, noun
Synonyms
1. spry, energetic, alert.
Antonyms
1. languid.
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  • She footed it briskly along the platform of the Dobb's Ferry station.

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  • It was successful, Joe understood it, and went on briskly with the figures.

  • “My appointment with the Prosecutor is at ten-thirty,” said Mr. Parker briskly.

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  • Dilly got briskly up and gathered a drawer-full of papers into her apron.

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  • For a moment this plan seemed such a good one that he started off briskly, his look searching the faces of passersby.

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  • "We will set to work at once, then," the artist said, briskly.

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British Dictionary definitions for briskly

brisk

/brɪsk/
adjective
1.
lively and quick; vigorous: a brisk walk, trade was brisk
2.
invigorating or sharp: brisk weather
verb
3.
(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 briskly

brisk

adj.

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

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