brisk

adjective
\ ˈbrisk How to pronounce brisk (audio) \

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

This adorable little Argentine coffee house perched on a busy Castro Valley Boulevard corner does a brisk business in espresso, chai, empanadas and alfajores — an entire menu of them. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019 Two minutes later, the breakthrough came as Arriola fed Weston McKennie on the left sideline and smartly continued his brisk run toward the penalty area. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Wingers Do the Work for USA in Gold Cup-Opening Win Over Guyana," 19 June 2019 But there is no guarantee of brisk business, and recent bad blood with China could hurt those plans. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "On Monday, Canada declared a ‘climate emergency.’ On Tuesday, it approved a pipeline expansion.," 18 June 2019 In a succession of brisk chapters, Fauvelle makes the case that medieval Africa suffered no dearth of cultural accomplishments. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Africa’s Lost Kingdoms," 17 June 2019 Liu set a surprisingly brisk pace and remarked that he had not exercised since being on the road, whereas he was used to working out an hour or two a day. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 The shows are the domestic arm of a brisk Russian global trade in dolphins and small whales. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 New analysis reveals that consumer debt rose at a much brisker clip than the GDP or household disposable income. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019 The brisk narrative covers everything from the building of the mighty rockets to detailed minutiae about how to keep humans alive in space. Sue Gilmore, The Mercury News, "Brandon R. Brown launches new book ‘Apollo Chronicles’ at SF event," 10 June 2019

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 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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