adjective, brisk·er, brisk·est.
- quick and active; lively: brisk trading; a brisk walk.
- sharp and stimulating: brisk weather; brisk wind.
- (of liquors) effervescing vigorously: brisk cider.
- abrupt; curt: I was surprised by her rather brisk tone.
verb (used with or without object), brisked, brisk·ing.
- to make or become brisk; liven (often followed by up).
- lively and quick; vigorousa brisk walk; trade was brisk
- invigorating or sharpbrisk weather
- (often foll by up) to enliven; make or become brisk
1550s, as Scottish bruisk, probably an alteration of French brusque (see ). Related: Briskly; briskness.