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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


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

The best way to prevent heatstroke is to keep your dog in a cool, shady place with plenty of water, but for active dogs or a brisk walk, K9 can help protect your pet. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Dog Collar Can Protect Your Pooch From Heatstroke This Summer," 13 May 2019 According to Nikki, the best blushes give you the appearance of having just come inside from a brisk walk. Glamour, "This Charlotte Tilbury Blush and Highlighter Duo Gives the Most Natural Glow," 5 Apr. 2019 Any kid six and up can pretty much climb on and go, especially when the standard speed limiter is in place, capping top speed at a brisk walk. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Big Youth ATV Test," 25 Mar. 2019 Berezovsky’s brisk, decisive walks on and off stage mirrored his approach at the piano. Alan Artner,, "Antics accompany artistry as pianist Boris Berezovsky plays Orchestra Hall," 26 Mar. 2018 To sustain such brisk growth without pushing unemployment lower requires a bigger labor force, which did expand by 844,000 (or 0.5%) in the year through September. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Growth Hits 3%; Here’s Why It Is Not Yet Sustainable," 31 Oct. 2018 Dollar Tree The dollar store sector is experiencing brisk sales growth as shoppers flock to the discount chains for their convenience and low prices. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Ulta, Dollar Tree, and T.J. Maxx are winning the retail game," 16 Jan. 2018 Still, the pacing is brisk and Raza's perilous journey into the London underworld, infiltrating a gang of Albanian bad guys, draws you in. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 It is situated in a forlorn corner of Hyde Street and Golden Gate Avenue where drug dealers do a brisk trade day and night, and where violence is not uncommon. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s La Cocina Tenderloin marketplace project hits roadblock," 5 May 2018

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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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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