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brisk

[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

Synonyms

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1. spry, energetic, alert.

Antonyms

1. languid.
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Examples from the Web for briskness

Historical Examples

  • "Wednesday's only four days off," she said, with a fine assumption of briskness.

    Quaint Courtships

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  • A drink of spirits helped me; my blood presently flowed with briskness.

    The Frozen Pirate

    W. Clark Russell

  • For this last, 79 it is impossible to have too much agility and briskness.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

  • With an air of briskness he went into the Internacional dining-room.

  • She came into the room with the briskness of a March flurry of snow.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans


British Dictionary definitions for briskness

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

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

brisk

adj.

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

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