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

His book is simultaneously a brisk biography of two great scientists, a brief introduction to relativity, and a potted history of the first world war. The Economist, "How Einstein and Eddington stood against jingoism," 7 June 2019 Doha’s modern shopping malls still do brisk business, and on a recent hot spring day, families packed the Sealine beach south of the city. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Vibrant Qatar shrugs off Arab boycott," 5 June 2019 The Dania Beach location opened in January at the sprawling new Dania Pointe retail complex and has been doing brisk business, with waits common. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "All-day breakfast: A critic’s guide to 5 egg-centric new eateries," 5 June 2019 The reality of shopping in Paris in 2019, 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. Glamour, "The Best French Brands You Haven’t Heard Of Yet," 29 Mar. 2019 The shoebox space does brisk business at lunch, dispensing pork pies, sausage rolls and pâtés en croûte (pâtés baked in a pastry crust) to City desk jockeys. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 The best way to prevent heatstroke is to keep your dog in a cool, shady place with plenty of water, but for active dogs or a brisk walk, K9 can help protect your pet. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Dog Collar Can Protect Your Pooch From Heatstroke This Summer," 13 May 2019 According to Nikki, the best blushes give you the appearance of having just come inside from a brisk walk. Glamour, "This Charlotte Tilbury Blush and Highlighter Duo Gives the Most Natural Glow," 5 Apr. 2019 Any kid six and up can pretty much climb on and go, especially when the standard speed limiter is in place, capping top speed at a brisk walk. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Big Youth ATV Test," 25 Mar. 2019

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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