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[brisk] /brɪsk/
adjective, brisker, briskest.
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.
verb (used with or without object), brisked, brisking.
to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).
Origin of brisk
First recorded in 1580-90; of uncertain origin
Related forms
briskly, adverb
briskness, noun
1. spry, energetic, alert.
1. languid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for brisker
Historical Examples
  • 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 Alice Brown
  • They are brisker and seize the opportunity to enjoy themselves.

  • Rias he kep' store and done it well,—brisker'n I ever see him, Rias was.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Of course that pleased Patty very much, and afterwards she was brisker than ever.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • They could not well have chosen a brisker hour for the promised visit.

    Young Hilda at the Wars

    Arthur Gleason
  • Hout, Tammie, yere aye meat-hale, responded her brisker sister.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • “That is as it may be,” said the Gypsy, and spurred his mule to a brisker pace.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • His manners were brisker, as if the angler's lie had done him good.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for brisker


lively and quick; vigorous: a brisk walk, trade was brisk
invigorating or sharp: brisk weather
(often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
Derived Forms
briskly, adverb
briskness, noun
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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