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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

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Related Words for briskly

vigorously, rapidly, nimbly, promptly, quickly, brusquely, enthusiastically

Examples from the Web for briskly

Contemporary Examples of briskly

Historical Examples of briskly

  • And, in spite of these disturbances, business goes on briskly in the market of the wilderness.

    Old News

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • 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

    Alice Brown

  • It came on briskly, and came up to the front of the chateau.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • But, after a moment's pause, he laughed aloud again, and walked on briskly.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for briskly

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 for brisk

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

brisk

adj.

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

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