brisk

adjective
\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

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

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 Club Lucky, an Italian restaurant in Bucktown, does a brisk business at its sidewalk tables in the warmer months. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Year-round sidewalk cafes in Chicago? Plans are in the works.," 26 Apr. 2018 The reality of shopping in Paris in 2018, however, is far more diverse and exciting: There are smaller, emerging, and even under-the-radar labels doing brisk business in the capital, with a growing market of overseas sales. Lindsey Tramuta, Glamour, "The Best French Brands You Haven't Heard of Yet," 19 Apr. 2018 Photo/Video: Eva Tam/The Wall Street Journal The vending machine in Guangzhou saw brisk business on its first day of operation. Liza Lin, WSJ, "To Buy a Car in China, Hit the Vending Machine," 5 Apr. 2018 Amid the labyrinth of small tap rooms in Plaza Fiesta, Insurgente was doing a brisk business one recent night, with patrons chatting over tall glasses of brews with names that include La Lupulosa, Tiniebla, Juan Cordero, A Toda Madre and Rompeolas. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana brewery's Migrante beer raises funds for arriving deportees," 2 Apr. 2018 Stores across the Detroit area saw brisk business Thursday in advance of today's winter storm as shoppers rushed to stock up on necessities – everything from snow shovels to milk. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Ahead of heavy snowstorm, Detroit area shoppers stock up on shovels, milk, eggs, alcohol," 9 Feb. 2018 Bean opened up a tent saloon about three miles west of the Pecos River, doing a brisk business in a lawless land. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Judge Roy Bean left a dubious legacy in San Antonio," 20 Jan. 2018 The downtown population, which is growing at a brisk clip, currently stands at about 13,000. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 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 \

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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