- 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
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Examples from the Web for briskly
There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.Oren Makes Friends, Not News
October 16, 2012
Anyone who thought Jacqueline Kennedy was cut off from the day-to-day trials of the New Frontier has now been briskly disabused.No One Knew JFK Like Jackie
September 23, 2011
While the fashion world wailed about the effect of the collapse of the economy on retail, she briskly assumed the leadership role.How Anna Turned It 'Round
September 11, 2009
The myth of “the Special Relationship” that Churchill invented is briskly demolished.Best of Brit Lit
July 16, 2009
And, in spite of these disturbances, business goes on briskly in the market of the wilderness.Old News
It was successful, Joe understood it, and went on briskly with the figures.
Dilly got briskly up and gathered a drawer-full of papers into her apron.Tiverton Tales
It came on briskly, and came up to the front of the chateau.A Tale of Two Cities
But, after a moment's pause, he laughed aloud again, and walked on briskly.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- lively and quick; vigorousa brisk walk; trade was brisk
- invigorating or sharpbrisk weather
- (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
Word Origin and History for briskly
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.