- quick and active; lively: brisk trading; a brisk walk.
- sharp and stimulating: brisk weather; brisk wind.
- (of liquors) effervescing vigorously: brisk cider.
- abrupt; curt: I was surprised by her rather brisk tone.
- to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).
Origin of brisk
First recorded in 1580–90; of uncertain origin
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1. spry, energetic, alert.
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Examples from the Web for brisked
I gave it him, and was not disappointed in the result, for he brisked up wonderfully.Maiwa's Revenge
H. Rider Haggard
He woke up when the march was over and brisked up his moustache.Villa Rubein and Other Stories
But as soon as she saw that portraiture was in the wind, she brisked up.Through Arctic Lapland
"Oh, that's all right," Hewson brisked up in response, as he took the cigar St. John offered him.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
She came in, lively and animated, brisked up by the keen air of the street.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6
Guy de Maupassant
- lively and quick; vigorousa brisk walk; trade was brisk
- invigorating or sharpbrisk weather
- (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
C16: probably variant of brusque
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Word Origin and History for brisked
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.
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