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brisk Syllabification: brisk

Definition of brisk in English:


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.
energetic, lively, vigorous
busy, bustling, lively, hectic;
1.1(Of the weather or wind) cold but fresh and enlivening.
Example sentences
  • 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.
biting, keen, chilly, cold
informal nippy
1.2Sharp or abrupt: the brisk, dismissive nod of her head
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈbrisknəs/
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.


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

  • brusque from mid 17th century:

    This has been adopted from the French word meaning ‘lively, fierce’, from Italian brusco ‘sour’. Brisk (late 16th century) is probably the same word.

Words that rhyme with brisk

bisque, disc, disk, fisc, frisk, risk, whisk
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