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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

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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 And when the doors did open for carryout on June 3, business was quickly brisk again, even if customers weren't quite sure what to do with their food. Byron Tate, Arkansas Online, "Restaurant to close after 45 years," 9 May 2021 The stops on a brisk spring day in Kyiv were two more symbols -- nods to Ukraine's latest nationalist steps that have further separated the country from its dominant neighbor Russia. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "Amid Russian threat, Blinken backs Ukrainian government in critical visit," 6 May 2021 Capacity will go from 45,807 to 51,444, while The Salt Lake Tribune reported earlier this week that ticket sales for the new seating have been brisk. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here’s what to look for when Utah stages its annual Red-White football game on Saturday," 15 Apr. 2021 Bookings are also brisk at Red Jacket Resorts, a group of properties on the Cape which includes Green Harbor Resort and Riviera Beach Resort in West Yarmouth., "‘We’ve never seen anything like it.’ The rush is on to book summer rentals," 8 Apr. 2021 Trading was brisk: More than 7.5 million shares changed hands before the bell. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Goldman, Discovery, Houghton: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 29 Mar. 2021 Although sales were brisk, the other shoe was quick to drop. Marcus Jones,, "Lil Nas X's 'Satan Shoes' collaboration sells out in less than a minute, Nike files lawsuit," 29 Mar. 2021 On a brisk January day in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Jo Weldon was dressed for a show. New York Times, "In Photo Shoots, Burlesque Performers Return to the Stage," 25 Mar. 2021 What’s better than an Irish coffee on a brisk St. Patrick’s Day? Gary Stoller, Forbes, "The ‘Just Right’ Irish Coffee Recipe To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day," 17 Mar. 2021 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, "2021 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo Charges Ahead," 27 Apr. 2021 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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17 May 2021

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“Brisk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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