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Definition of brisk in English:


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.
energetic, lively, vigorous, sharp;
agile, nimble, spry, sprightly, spirited
informal nippy, snappy
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;
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.


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


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.



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.

Words that rhyme with brisk

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

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