- 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
Synonyms for brisk
Antonyms for brisk
Examples from the Web for brisking
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for brisk
Word Origin and History for brisking
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.