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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 or 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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  • It is a known fact that at any big cycle-race meetings bets are made with all the briskness and regularity possible.

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  • For this last, 79 it is impossible to have too much agility and briskness.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • Jaded as they were they trotted along with a briskness never seen before on that trip.

  • It was even difficult to carry on a conversation with any degree of briskness.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • The intellect seems to become clouded, animation giving place to a sort of lethargy, briskness yielding to indolence.

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  • A drink of spirits helped me; my blood presently flowed with briskness.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • The briskness of that movement contrasted with the casual way in which he threw out a suggestion.

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  • He is endowed with a briskness and an invention often alien to his blood.

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  • For upwards of an hour it was continued with a briskness of which there have been but few instances, perhaps in any country.

  • Then he illustrated, in briskness and correct position, just how we should do it.

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British Dictionary definitions for briskness


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 briskness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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