adjective, brisk·er, brisk·est.
verb (used with or without object), brisked, brisk·ing.
Origin of brisk
Examples from the Web for briskness
Patricia took over, a miracle smile overwhelming her air of briskness.The Common Man|Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
The old artist walks now more sluggishly than of old, his four-and-seventy years have taken the briskness out of his step.Fragonard|Haldane Macfall
He sat up and generally displayed a briskness quite out of keeping with his former attitude.The Night Riders|Ridgwell Cullum
He put on what he felt to be a New York briskness, furtively touched his tie again, and skipped up to the chauffeur.The Innocents|Sinclair Lewis
Then Baba Mustapha revived in briskness, and cried, 'Here the dish!The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for briskness
Word Origin for brisk
Word Origin and History for briskness
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see brusque). Related: Briskly; briskness.