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 With restaurants now free of occupancy limits as the coronavirus outbreak eases and states lift most restrictions, sales are brisk, growers said. New York Times, 12 June 2021 This time, the opposite has happened: Applications were down 9% in 2020 from 2019, steeper than the downward trend before the pandemic when economic growth was brisk. Kate Davidson, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Southwest winds are brisk, and a few storms could be strong enough to produce locally damaging wind gusts. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 The wind will also be brisk, adding a rawness to the soggy weekend. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Sales have been brisk, with demand necessitating a second batch be brewed for shipping. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Both local and visiting golfers enjoy brisk fall days at Mount Pleasant Country Club, which overlooks Town Lake and has an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a pool, full restaurant and bar. Suzanne Brooke, Dallas News, 10 Nov. 2020 New vehicles were selling in a brisk 57.8 days in November through February, before the pandemic struck. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2020 Cooke’s film is shorter by half an hour, and the plot is urged along at a brisk trot. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Brisk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brisk. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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