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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 upbusiness brisked up

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Other Words from brisk


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 six-cylinder BMW X3 M40i, for instance, delivers a brisk 4.3-second dash to 60. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Long-Term 2019 Volvo XC60: New Engine, New Platform, New Factory, No Surprises," 13 Feb. 2020 One brisk fall evening as dusk fell over Homewood, Angie Wood and her husband sat next to a fire pit in their backyard discussing their desire for a farm. Lauren Helmer, al, "This Alabama wedding venue is set on 864 acres of land," 10 Feb. 2020 Trump campaign officials are also stockpiling cash to help with these efforts, with $200 million in the bank now and fund-raising continuing at a brisk pace. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "On Trump’s To-Do List: Take Back The Suburbs. Court Black Voters. Expand the Electoral Map. Win.," 8 Feb. 2020 The stress tests reflect the brisk growth in corporate debt in recent years. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Risky Corporate Debt to Take Center Stage in 2020 Stress Tests," 6 Feb. 2020 By comparison, Iowa’s 2020 counting—likely to be wrapped up in coming days—appears absolutely brisk. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Iowa Caucus Was a Media Debacle, Too," 4 Feb. 2020 Consumer spending slowed after six months of brisk growth but continued to serve as the economy's main engine. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economy grew solid 2.1% in fourth quarter on consumer spending, trade, housing," 30 Jan. 2020 Where booze is legal, rough-and-tumble stores do brisk business. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world Indian tequila: one man’s quest to perfect a national spirit," 31 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of brisk was in 1560

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brisk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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