“He wandered off by himself,” Major Coote answered, brisking up a little.
The breeze was brisking, and the balloon tugged and leaped like a live thing.
The two friends entered The Hague, brisking up their pace and stepping gallantly abreast.
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.