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

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 The Sauna’s owner, who gave her name only as Mama Lucy, does a brisk trade in $2 bottles of Chrome Vodka, but other vices are no more than a call away. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Gay Kenyans sense they may be on the brink of a historic legal triumph," 3 Apr. 2018 When the queen was younger, Christmas meant a brisk family walk through the woods on Christmas or an excursion on horseback. Frank Augstein, The Seattle Times, "Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year," 26 Dec. 2018 The mass of Pikachus, Hello Kittys, and Captain Americas around me bundled up against the brisk 40-degree weather that evening. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 Mechanically, this actually means you’re playing cards and stacking plastic pieces in a brisk 30-minute game. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "Abstract board games are all the rage—and Reef is the year’s best," 17 Nov. 2018 Frigid cold, brisk winds, and longer, grayer days are finally here. Taylor Lane, SELF, "7 Gorgeous New Face Oils for Glowing Skin All Winter," 14 Dec. 2018 On In front of the gorgeous Frederiksberg Gardens, where couples rent boats in the summer and take brisk walks in winter, sits a beloved ice skating rink—without a single corporate sponsor or hideous DJ to be seen. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Copenhagen In December 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Not surprisingly, the day was dreary with a heavy overcast and was accompanied by brisk north winds and some passing sprinkles. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Can you pinpoint year of cold Fourth of July?," 4 July 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

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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