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

Examples from the Web for briskness

Historical Examples of briskness

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

  • 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



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 briskness



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

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