brisk

[ brisk ]
/ brɪsk /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for briskness

brisk

/ (brɪsk) /

adjective

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

verb

(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

brisk


adj.

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

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