- 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 brisking
“He wandered off by himself,” Major Coote answered, brisking up a little.Athelstane Ford
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
- 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 brisking
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.
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