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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 up business 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 Under the brisk, no-nonsense administration of his wife, Valero has worked for years as part of a two-man team alongside affable perfectionist Pep (Pep Sarrà). Jessica Kiang, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 This time of year, the brisk autumn air, fall festivals and plenty of live music can be found on the robust events calendar. Andrea Mchugh And Julie Loffredi, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 The patrol walked south on Mott Street in single file, with Madonna in the lead, setting a pace that fell just short of brisk. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Andrews carried 25 pounds of gear and covered the 13 miles in a brisk 2 hours and 32 minutes. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 Ladner laid out in his memo the brisk schedule for adding Boeing 737 MAXs to the Alaska fleet over the next six years. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 The Third, from 1847, is her masterpiece, with a brisk, light Scherzo and a slow movement that unfolds gloriously. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Sales at two of China’s fastest-growing new energy vehicle suppliers continued a year-long surge in September, underscoring brisk EV demand in the world’s largest auto market. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 And postseason ticket sales are also reportedly brisk. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 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


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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20 Oct 2021

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“Brisk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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