Definition of brisk
1 : keenly alert : lively a brisk old lady with no nonsense about her — Jean Stafford
3 : sharp in tone or manner was very brisk on the phone
Examples of brisk in a Sentence
She answered the phone in a brisk voice.
They went for a brisk walk in the woods.
She walked at a brisk pace.
Business is brisk at the store.
There is a brisk market in old movie posters.
Recent Examples of brisk from the Web
Boosted by brisk sales in tickets for Keno and for several scratch-off games, the Kentucky Lottery for the first time since its inception in 1989 has surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales for a fiscal year.
Nationals vs. Cubs 4:05 p.m., Thursday, June 29, Nationals Park Typical summer heat but relatively low humidity and a brisk breeze should keep discomfort factor fairly low.
Take this brisk Portuguese Vinho Verde, for example.
Land of um, brisk temperatures and uh...universal healthcare?
Elsewhere in the symphony, performances were brisk and taut.
But the brisk story laid out by prosecutors has focused mostly on what happened one night in 2004 at Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia home.
After a brisk, eight-week campaign, the surprise British general election vote is entering its final hours.
His lovely slow movement was one of the highlights of the evening and his brisk finale produced plenty of excitement.
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Origin and Etymology of brisk
probably modification of Middle French brusque
First Known Use: 1560See Words from the same year
Definition of brisk
: to make animated, energetic, or marked by much activity : to make brisk
: to become brisk —usually used with up business brisked up
BRISK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brisk for English Language Learners
: moving or speaking quickly : quick and efficient
: pleasantly cool or cold
: done with quickness and energy
BRISK Defined for Kids
Definition of brisk for Students
1 : done or spoken with quickness and energy a brisk walk
2 : quick and efficient a brisk voice
3 : very refreshing brisk fall weather
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