Definition of brisk in English:

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Pronunciation: /brɪsk/


1Active and energetic: a good brisk walk business appeared to be brisk
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  • 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.
quick, rapid, fast, swift, speedy, fleet-footed;
hasty, hurried, urgent;
energetic, lively, vigorous, sharp;
agile, nimble, spry, sprightly, spirited
informal nippy, snappy
rare alacritous
busy, bustling, lively, active, vibrant, hectic;
1.1Showing a wish to deal with things quickly; slightly brusque: she adopted a brisk, businesslike tone
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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.
no-nonsense, decisive, businesslike;
brusque, abrupt, short, sharp, curt, crisp, blunt, terse, snappy, snappish, gruff;
rude, discourteous, uncivil
1.2(Of wind or the weather) cold but pleasantly invigorating: the sea was shimmering and heaving beneath the brisk breeze
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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.
bracing, fresh, crisp, invigorating, refreshing, reviving, stimulating, rousing, enlivening, exhilarating, energizing;
restorative, tonic, vitalizing, healthful, health-giving;
sharp, biting, keen, chilly, cold
informal nippy


[with object] (brisk something up)
Quicken something: Mary brisked up her pace



Example sentences
  • In the restaurant after midnight trade briskened.
  • Sauna - briskens the blood circulation and increases the heart beats.
  • With these words he briskened his pace.


Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪsknəs/
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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