Brisk is one of those delightful words that sounds like what it means: quick, lively, bracing, and refreshing. There's nothing like a brisk walk in the morning to get the blood flowing and the spirit ready for the day.

Anything brisk is happening quickly but not too fast. Probably taken from the French brusque, which also means "quick," but in a more negative way, brisk can be used to describe not only physical actions but also more conceptual notions, such as brisk business around the holidays or brisk interactions at a speed-dating event. The soft-drink called Brisk must be called that for a good reason. Perhaps it picks you up!

Definitions of brisk

adj quick and energetic

“a brisk walk in the park”
alert, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy
possessing or exerting or displaying energy

adj very active

“doing a brisk business”
full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

adj imparting vitality and energy

bracing, fresh, refreshful, refreshing, tonic
imparting strength and vitality

v become brisk

“business brisked up”
brisk up, brisken
Type of:
accelerate, quicken, speed, speed up
move faster

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