brisk

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adjective

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

brisk

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verb

brisked; brisking; brisks

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

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
Confidence: High Tonight: Breezes remain on the brisk side under clear skies. David Streit, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The costs, though, of services — auto repairs, health care, hotel rooms, concerts and other entertainment — are still rising at a brisk pace. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 While its applications cloud business grew at a brisk 15% annually, its infrastructure business grew at an incredible 52%. Matt Kimball, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 On a brisk November night in 1966, a 20-year-old model who had recently dropped out of college went to a ball. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2024 Overnight temperatures are expected to be particularly brisk, dropping to the low to mid-40s in some areas, according to the weather service. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 The shop is doing brisk business; customers pack the chairs at every hour of the day several days a week. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The action is purposeful and brisk, but unrushed, as if practice had long ago made perfect. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 On a brisk February night, in the Upper East Side staple Majorelle, Adam Lippes’ fashion friends, family, and long-time supporters gathered for an intimate dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the designer’s eponymous brand. Maia Torres, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
The flag and the extreme shift in my environment from humid deep-summer East Coast to brisk and cool saltwater breezes carrying the promise and vague threat of glaciers seemed to confirm it. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2023 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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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

probably modification of Middle French brusque

Verb

verbal derivative of brisk entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of brisk was in 1560

Dictionary Entries Near brisk

Cite this Entry

“Brisk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brisk. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

brisk

adjective
ˈbrisk
1
: very active or alert : lively
2
: very refreshing
brisk autumn weather
3
: energetic, quick
a brisk pace
briskly adverb
briskness noun

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