Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick.
- We took a brisk walk yesterday.
2012 December 29, Paul Doyle, “Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle”, 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, as liquors; sparkling; as, 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.
full of liveliness and activity
full of spirit of life
stimulating or invigorating
abrupt, sharp in one's manner or tone
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- brisk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- brisk in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 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.