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

Origin of brisk

First recorded in 1580–90; of uncertain origin
Related formsbrisk·ly, adverbbrisk·ness, noun

Synonyms for brisk

Antonyms for brisk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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
  1. (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
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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