brisk

adjective
\ ˈbrisk \

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

brisk

verb
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

Adjective

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

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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

Adjective

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for brisk

Adjective

probably modification of Middle French brusque

Verb

verbal derivative of brisk entry 1

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The first known use of brisk was in 1560

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More Definitions for brisk

brisk

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brisk

: moving or speaking quickly : quick and efficient

: pleasantly cool or cold

: done with quickness and energy

brisk

adjective
\ ˈbrisk \

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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