\ 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


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

That means spending an average of 45 minutes four times a week at a moderate level of intensity — the equivalent of a very brisk walk. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Next to Harry, who wore a half-zip gray sweater and blue jeans, the young royals dressed in the perfect look for any brisk day. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Wore All Black in Australia the Day She Announced Her Pregnancy," 15 Oct. 2018 Property records show that condo sales there were brisk in 1991. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Today at Windsor Castle, on a brisk, picturesque autumn morning, the world paid close attention as Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank among close family and friends. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Princess Eugenie Steals a Page From Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Beauty Playbook," 12 Oct. 2018 Cate Blanchett is appealingly brisk and no-nonsense as Mrs. Zimmerman, and her bantering, snippy, utterly platonic relationship with Jonathan Barnavelt is a rare thing in cinema, in kids’ films and adult movies alike. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Films like The House With a Clock In Its Walls are poisonous to kids’ cinema," 23 Sep. 2018 It’s been universally derided by audiences for a number of reasons, chiefly for being annoying and making what should be a brisk, child-friendly trip to the movies about as long as Blade Runner 2049. Emma Stefansky, HWD, "Disney Is Reportedly Removing the Frozen Short Before Coco that Everyone Hates," 3 Dec. 2017 But the movie has trouble sustaining interest even over its brisk 88 minutes. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Gabrielle Union does her best with ‘Breaking In’," 10 May 2018 The late-afternoon festival preceded a parade that got underway at dusk, with floats and marchers festooned with lights of all descriptions and vendors doing a brisk business in glow-sticks and other sparkly bling. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Jewett City's Main Street Lights Up The Night For Parade," 16 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 \

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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