from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by speed, liveliness, and vigor; energetic: had a brisk walk in the park.
  • adj. Keen or sharp in speech or manner: a brisk greeting.
  • adj. Stimulating and invigorating: a brisk wind.
  • adj. Pleasantly zestful: a brisk tea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick.
  • adj. Full of spirit of life; effervescing, as liquors; sparkling; as, brisk cider.
  • adj. Stimulating or invigorating.
  • adj. Abrupt, curt in one's manner or in relation to others.
  • v. To make or become lively; to enliven; to animate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick.
  • adj. Full of spirit of life; effervesc�ng, as liquors; sparkling.
  • v. To make or become lively; to enliven; to animate; to take, or cause to take, an erect or bold attitude; -- usually with up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quick or rapid in action or motion; exhibiting quickness; lively; swift; nimble: as, a brisk breeze.
  • Sprightly; animated; vivacious; gay: as, “a brisk, gamesome lass,”
  • L'Estrange.
  • Full of lively or exciting action or events; exciting; interesting.
  • Burning freely; bright: as, a brisk fire.
  • Effervescing vigorously: said of liquors: as, brisk cider.
  • Performed or kept up with briskness; rapid; quick: as, a brisk fire of infantry.
  • Vivid; luminous.
  • Synonyms Alert, nimble, quick, rapid, sprightly, prompt, spry, smart, bustling, wide-awake, eager. See active and busy.
  • To make lively; enliven; animate; refresh: sometimes with up.
  • To become brisk, lively, or active: with up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very active
  • adj. imparting vitality and energy
  • adj. quick and energetic
  • v. become brisk


Probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Uncertain. Compare Welsh brysg and French brusque. (Wiktionary)


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