Definition of brisk in English:



  • 1Active and energetic.

    ‘a good brisk walk’
    ‘business appeared to be brisk’
    • ‘The bazaars were doing brisk business as Holi approached.’
    • ‘We hear that it is doing brisk business in India.’
    • ‘Navi took a quick break from their brisk walk by leaning against one of the light poles.’
    • ‘Darren had to hurry to keep pace with his father's brisk walk.’
    • ‘The conductor, whose name I didn't quite catch, quickly counted off a brisk jazz beat, and we were off.’
    • ‘He put the weapon away and walked away at a brisk pace.’
    • ‘According to simple economic theory, brisk business activity will naturally boost consumption in the general public.’
    • ‘That's exactly the moment for a brisk 10-minute walk.’
    • ‘Business here is often brisk, overseen by the effervescent proprietor who mans the steamy open kitchen.’
    • ‘By the time I visited, more than two-thirds of the flats had been sold, and business was brisk.’
    • ‘Her slow walked quickly turned into a brisk sprint as she ran for the front entrance.’
    • ‘They ate and broke camp quickly, setting a brisk pace across the slick stone of the Old Road.’
    • ‘The floor was covered up quickly with brisk, long strides.’
    • ‘Business is brisk at a wedding souvenir shop just around the corner from the cathedral where the real bells will toll.’
    • ‘The remainder of their walk was brisk but silent.’
    • ‘That done, she departed for the stables at a brisk speedy walk.’
    • ‘It's a light and breezy ground floor and mezzanine, doing brisk business on a weekday lunchtime.’
    • ‘Business was brisk at the Fair, with dealers selling several important sculptures on the first day itself.’
    • ‘There is also a lone souvenir shop doing brisk business.’
    • ‘Business was brisk but there were only a few women by 10 pm.’
    busy, bustling, lively, active, vibrant, hectic
    quick, rapid, fast, swift, speedy, fleet-footed
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    1. 1.1Showing a wish to deal with things quickly; slightly brusque.
      ‘she adopted a brisk, businesslike tone’
      • ‘Skyler replied to her question with a brisk nod, and tried to not make eye contact.’
      • ‘She said all this in a brisk voice but faltered slightly when she saw all my luggage.’
      • ‘She danced with a brusque and determined attitude, and she spoke in the same sharp, brisk manner.’
      • ‘On the other end of the line Logan is brisk, businesslike.’
      • ‘‘Time to go, Cheri,’ Mrs Barnes chirped in brisk tones.’
      • ‘She waved a wing in the air, a brisk, dismissing gesture.’
      • ‘The answering tone was brisk and businesslike, as if this happened ordinarily and every day.’
    2. 1.2(of wind or the weather) cold but pleasantly invigorating.
      ‘the sea was shimmering and heaving beneath the brisk breeze’
      • ‘Having been used to arid, scorching heat, the brisk weather was both welcome and refreshing, if not a bit cold.’
      • ‘I knew it was a brisk wind, considering it was considered winter, but it really did feel wonderful.’
      • ‘She quickly stepped outside, her hair lifting in a brisk breeze.’
      • ‘The brisk November wind made him feel awake and energized.’
      • ‘The next evening a brisk breeze came up from the southwest.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a gurgling pot of homemade soup to warm your bones when the brisk weather sets in.’
      • ‘The air was cold and brisk, but he paid it no mind.’
      • ‘The brisk ocean wind was a refreshing feeling, just what Helen needed.’
      • ‘Though the wind was brisk and chilly, the sun was bright and warm.’
      • ‘The group traveled for the rest of the day in a brisk rain.’
      • ‘At the edge of the lake, a brisk wind snapped at Jane's skirts.’
      • ‘A brisk wind blew, causing dead leaves to dance in the air and cause those on the ground to ruffle across.’
      • ‘She walked out of the ruin, into the brisk breeze outside.’
      • ‘A cold, brisk wind fills the square on a grey Saturday afternoon.’
      • ‘The September night was chilly, with a brisk wind picking up, but neither seemed to notice.’
      • ‘The broken window was letting in the brisk cold air.’
      • ‘He had rustled up his riding-jacket for the brisk evening weather.’
      • ‘If self-restraint at the feast isn't one of your virtues, a walk in the brisk air may help undo what you've overdone.’
      • ‘The brisk breeze carried a lingering odor of salt as it brushed against Isabella's face.’
      • ‘There's wind in the sails today and the brisk breezes revive the men's falling spirit.’


  • Quicken something.

    ‘Mary brisked up her pace’


Late 16th century: probably from French brusque (see brusque).