Definition of brisk in US English:



  • 1Active, fast, and energetic.

    ‘a good brisk walk’
    ‘business appeared to be brisk’
    • ‘Business was brisk at the Fair, with dealers selling several important sculptures on the first day itself.’
    • ‘Navi took a quick break from their brisk walk by leaning against one of the light poles.’
    • ‘The remainder of their walk was brisk but silent.’
    • ‘That's exactly the moment for a brisk 10-minute walk.’
    • ‘There is also a lone souvenir shop doing brisk business.’
    • ‘Business was brisk but there were only a few women by 10 pm.’
    • ‘Darren had to hurry to keep pace with his father's brisk walk.’
    • ‘Business here is often brisk, overseen by the effervescent proprietor who mans the steamy open kitchen.’
    • ‘The bazaars were doing brisk business as Holi approached.’
    • ‘We hear that it is doing brisk business in India.’
    • ‘The floor was covered up quickly with brisk, long strides.’
    • ‘It's a light and breezy ground floor and mezzanine, doing brisk business on a weekday lunchtime.’
    • ‘Business is brisk at a wedding souvenir shop just around the corner from the cathedral where the real bells will toll.’
    • ‘That done, she departed for the stables at a brisk speedy walk.’
    • ‘The conductor, whose name I didn't quite catch, quickly counted off a brisk jazz beat, and we were off.’
    • ‘They ate and broke camp quickly, setting a brisk pace across the slick stone of the Old Road.’
    • ‘Her slow walked quickly turned into a brisk sprint as she ran for the front entrance.’
    • ‘By the time I visited, more than two-thirds of the flats had been sold, and business was brisk.’
    • ‘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.’
    quick, rapid, fast, swift, speedy, fleet-footed
    busy, bustling, lively, active, vibrant, hectic
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    1. 1.1 Sharp or abrupt.
      ‘the brisk, dismissive nod of her head’
      • ‘‘Time to go, Cheri,’ Mrs Barnes chirped in brisk tones.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The answering tone was brisk and businesslike, as if this happened ordinarily and every day.’
      • ‘She waved a wing in the air, a brisk, dismissing gesture.’
      • ‘Skyler replied to her question with a brisk nod, and tried to not make eye contact.’
      • ‘On the other end of the line Logan is brisk, businesslike.’
      no-nonsense, decisive, businesslike
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    2. 1.2 (of the weather or wind) cold but fresh and enlivening.
      • ‘The next evening a brisk breeze came up from the southwest.’
      • ‘She walked out of the ruin, into the brisk breeze outside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had rustled up his riding-jacket for the brisk evening weather.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a gurgling pot of homemade soup to warm your bones when the brisk weather sets in.’
      • ‘Though the wind was brisk and chilly, the sun was bright and warm.’
      • ‘The broken window was letting in the brisk cold air.’
      • ‘The brisk breeze carried a lingering odor of salt as it brushed against Isabella's face.’
      • ‘The group traveled for the rest of the day in a brisk rain.’
      • ‘The brisk ocean wind was a refreshing feeling, just what Helen needed.’
      • ‘The air was cold and brisk, but he paid it no mind.’
      • ‘The brisk November wind made him feel awake and energized.’
      • ‘At the edge of the lake, a brisk wind snapped at Jane's skirts.’
      • ‘A cold, brisk wind fills the square on a grey Saturday afternoon.’
      • ‘I knew it was a brisk wind, considering it was considered winter, but it really did feel wonderful.’
      • ‘The September night was chilly, with a brisk wind picking up, but neither seemed to notice.’
      • ‘Having been used to arid, scorching heat, the brisk weather was both welcome and refreshing, if not a bit cold.’
      • ‘She quickly stepped outside, her hair lifting in a brisk breeze.’
      • ‘There's wind in the sails today and the brisk breezes revive the men's falling spirit.’
      • ‘A brisk wind blew, causing dead leaves to dance in the air and cause those on the ground to ruffle across.’
      bracing, fresh, crisp, invigorating, refreshing, reviving, stimulating, rousing, enlivening, exhilarating, energizing
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Late 16th century: probably from French brusque (see brusque).