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Definition of brisk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : keenly alert : lively a brisk old lady with no nonsense about her— Jean Stafford
2a : pleasingly tangy brisk tea
b : fresh, invigorating a brisk autumn day
3 : sharp in tone or manner was very brisk on the phone
4a : energetic, quick took a brisk walk at a brisk pace
b : marked by much activity business was brisk


brisked; brisking; brisks

Definition of brisk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make animated, energetic, or marked by much activity : to make brisk

intransitive verb

: to become brisk usually used with up business brisked up

Other Words from brisk


briskly adverb
briskness noun

Examples of brisk in a Sentence

Adjective 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 on the Web: Adjective Since last week’s Fed meeting, labor market data suggests wages have been even stronger than earlier reported, while hiring has been brisk. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 At a cafe called Mr. Coffee, the young barista was doing brisk business, selling lattes and fresh croissants to families and hipsters with neck tattoos. New York Times, 18 July 2022 While Sam's does brisk business selling food to restaurants, its bet in preceding years on higher-end foods, such as almond milk, has paid off, with more Americans eating at home during the pandemic. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 After a gap of years, hoteliers, taxi drivers and tour operators are doing a brisk business, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, 75, a tour operator in Srinagar said. CNN, 8 Apr. 2022 Several hundred fans arrived early to hit merchandise stands doing brisk business selling T-shirts, hoodies and hats and concession stands were plenty busy as well. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Founder Hans Nadler died in January at age 91, but the store at the intersection of Babcock and Callaghan continues to do brisk business under the direction of his daughter Alexia Nadler-Mendez. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Mar. 2022 Business was brisk on a recent Saturday morning at the Cafe. Haley Laurence |, al, 12 July 2022 This is particularly so at tech startups which typically tend to over-hire while business is brisk. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 24 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As in all Taycans, a two-speed automatic transmission on the rear axle enables brisk off-the-line acceleration and more efficient high-speed cruising. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2021 THE VIBE IS: brisk and professional, if borderline chaotic. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, 13 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of brisk


1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for brisk


probably modification of Middle French brusque


verbal derivative of brisk entry 1

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9 Aug 2022

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\ ˈbrisk How to pronounce brisk (audio) \

Kids Definition of brisk

1 : done or spoken with quickness and energy a brisk walk
2 : quick and efficient a brisk voice
3 : very refreshing brisk fall weather

Other Words from brisk

briskly adverb

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