Definition of brisk in English:

brisk

Syllabification: brisk
Pronunciation: /brisk
 
/

adjective

1Active, fast, and energetic: a good brisk walk business appeared to be brisk
More example sentences
  • That done, she departed for the stables at a brisk speedy walk.
  • Navi took a quick break from their brisk walk by leaning against one of the light poles.
  • Darren had to hurry to keep pace with his father's brisk walk.
Synonyms
quick, rapid, fast, swift, speedy, hurried; energetic, lively, vigorousbusy, bustling, lively, hectic; good
1.1(Of the weather or wind) cold but fresh and enlivening.
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  • A cold, brisk wind fills the square on a grey Saturday afternoon.
  • Though the wind was brisk and chilly, the sun was bright and warm.
  • The September night was chilly, with a brisk wind picking up, but neither seemed to notice.
Synonyms
bracing, fresh, crisp, invigorating, refreshing, stimulating, energizing; biting, keen, chilly, cold
informal nippy
1.2Sharp or abrupt: the brisk, dismissive nod of her head
More example sentences
  • The answering tone was brisk and businesslike, as if this happened ordinarily and every day.
  • She said all this in a brisk voice but faltered slightly when she saw all my luggage.
  • ‘Time to go, Cheri,’ Mrs Barnes chirped in brisk tones.

Origin

late 16th century: probably from French brusque (see brusque).

Derivatives

briskly

adverb
More example sentences
  • He shook his head briskly and walked quickly out of the forest.
  • He began walking briskly up the center aisle toward the double doors that led out.
  • Hurricane Lili was still two days away, but the wind was already blowing very briskly.

briskness

noun
More example sentences
  • The trio exited the station into the crisp briskness of the winter afternoon and hurried for the carriage.
  • There's a chill in the night air, and a certain briskness to the mornings.
  • It was pretty hot out, a change from the briskness of the past few days.

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