- Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action
- 2012 December 29, Paul Doyle, “Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle”, in The Guardian:
- Ba, who has been linked with a January move to Arsenal, should have rewarded their brisk start with the opening goal in the 16th minute.
- Full of spirit of life; effervescing
- (archaic) sparkling; fizzy
- brisk cider
- Stimulating or invigorating.
- This morning was a brisk fall day. It wasn't cold enough for frost, but you wanted to keep moving.
- Abrupt, curt in one's manner or in relation to others.
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- brisk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- brisk in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- brisk at OneLook Dictionary Search
From brej, possibly related to Proto-Indo-European *bhrisqo- (“bitter”). Compare Norwegian brisk (“bitter taste”), brisken (“bitter, sharp”), Welsh brysg, French brusque, Russian брезга́ть (brezgátʹ, “nauseate, feel disgust”), English brisk.
Possibly onomatopoetic of the sound made when put on fire.