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.

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

  1. to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).


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


  1. (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk

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

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