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brisk

[brisk]
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adjective, brisk·er, brisk·est.
  1. quick and active; lively: brisk trading; a brisk walk.
  2. sharp and stimulating: brisk weather; brisk wind.
  3. (of liquors) effervescing vigorously: brisk cider.
  4. abrupt; curt: I was surprised by her rather brisk tone.
verb (used with or without object), brisked, brisk·ing.
  1. to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).

Origin of brisk

First recorded in 1580–90; of uncertain origin
Related formsbrisk·ly, adverbbrisk·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. spry, energetic, alert.

Antonyms

1. languid.
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Examples from the Web for brisking

Historical Examples

  • “He wandered off by himself,” Major Coote answered, brisking up a little.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

  • The breeze was brisking, and the balloon tugged and leaped like a live thing.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • The two friends entered The Hague, brisking up their pace and stepping gallantly abreast.

    The Blue Pavilions

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch


British Dictionary definitions for brisking

brisk

adjective
  1. lively and quick; vigorousa brisk walk; trade was brisk
  2. invigorating or sharpbrisk weather
verb
  1. (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
Derived Formsbriskly, adverbbriskness, noun

Word Origin

C16: probably variant of brusque
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Word Origin and History for brisking

brisk

adj.

1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.

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