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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 upbusiness brisked up

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With more than one in four Japanese over 65, coffin sales are brisk. The Economist, "Chaguan A small town in China makes half of Japan’s coffins," 14 May 2020 According to an interview on, interest has been brisk. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "This Property Market Needs a Safe Word," 13 May 2020 His is a brisk, balanced telling of the Samsung story, though there is much more here about American smartphone marketing strategy than most readers could ever want. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Samsung: The Tech Monster That Conquered the World," 17 Mar. 2020 On a quiet South End street, across from the Boston Police Department’s D-4 station, Lynnel Cox called Jannette Gonzalez to stand with her in front of about three dozen people, who had gathered on a brisk Saturday night for a candlelight vigil., "Vigil honors 3 who died in Boston police custody - The Boston Globe," 27 Oct. 2019 In the second quarter, the US grew at a brisk 2.1%, according to the advance estimate produced by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The US economy is just fine. But the Fed wants to make it even finer," 26 July 2019 Director Joanie McBrien gives the play a brisk, no-nonsense staging that mirrors the energy of its protagonist. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Dirty politics plays for laughs in Berkeley’s ‘Kings’," 5 June 2019 At first this manifests itself in brisk, acerbic self-loathing. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘South Mountain’ Review: She’s Having Your Baby? Let’s Talk It Out," 7 May 2020 Local meat markets and butcher shops said business has been brisk, as smaller stores and availabilty push new customers to their stores. Briana Rice,, "Ohio opening May 1, food shortages, Ohio Spirit Week, face masks in Kentucky," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb THE VIBE IS: brisk and professional, if borderline chaotic. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "E. Dehillerin," 13 Apr. 2017

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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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The first known use of brisk was in 1560

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“Brisk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brisk

: moving or speaking quickly : quick and efficient
: pleasantly cool or cold
: done with quickness and energy


\ 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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