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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.
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verb (used with or without object), brisked, brisk·ing.
  1. to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).
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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 brisked

Historical Examples

  • I gave it him, and was not disappointed in the result, for he brisked up wonderfully.

    Maiwa's Revenge

    H. Rider Haggard

  • He woke up when the march was over and brisked up his moustache.

  • But as soon as she saw that portraiture was in the wind, she brisked up.

  • "Oh, that's all right," Hewson brisked up in response, as he took the cigar St. John offered him.

    Questionable Shapes

    William Dean Howells

  • She came in, lively and animated, brisked up by the keen air of the street.


British Dictionary definitions for brisked

brisk

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

Word Origin

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

brisk

adj.

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

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