adjective, brisk·er, brisk·est.

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.

verb (used with or without object), brisked, brisk·ing.

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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of briskly

  • There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.

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    Oren Makes Friends, Not News

    Jacob Silverman

    October 16, 2012

  • Anyone who thought Jacqueline Kennedy was cut off from the day-to-day trials of the New Frontier has now been briskly disabused.

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    No One Knew JFK Like Jackie

    Chris Matthews

    September 23, 2011

  • While the fashion world wailed about the effect of the collapse of the economy on retail, she briskly assumed the leadership role.

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    How Anna Turned It 'Round

    Tina Brown

    September 11, 2009

  • The myth of “the Special Relationship” that Churchill invented is briskly demolished.

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    Peter Stothard

    July 16, 2009

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



lively and quick; vigorousa brisk walk; trade was brisk
invigorating or sharpbrisk weather


(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 briskly



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

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