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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 for brisk

Antonyms for brisk

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Related Words for brisker

vigorous, energetic, spry, speedy, lively, quick, sharp, crisp, busy, animated, alert, bustling, invigorating, keen, bracing, exhilarating, biting, stimulating, adroit, agile

Examples from the Web for brisker

Historical Examples of brisker

  • His voice, when next he spoke, was less senile, his movements were brisker.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Every time Labe goes on a time seem's if trade was brisker'n it's been for a month.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He was trying to put on a brisker air to match these two runners with hope for their torch.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • They are brisker and seize the opportunity to enjoy themselves.

  • Rias he kep' store and done it well,—brisker'n I ever see him, Rias was.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for brisker


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

Word Origin for brisk

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



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

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