- 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 brisker
His voice, when next he spoke, was less senile, his movements were brisker.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Every time Labe goes on a time seem's if trade was brisker'n it's been for a month.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He was trying to put on a brisker air to match these two runners with hope for their torch.The Prisoner
They are brisker and seize the opportunity to enjoy themselves.Seven Little People and their Friends
Horace Elisha Scudder
Rias he kep' store and done it well,—brisker'n I ever see him, Rias was.Coniston, Complete
- 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 brisker
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.
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