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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippyadjective

    quick and energetic

    "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"

  2. bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshing, refreshful, tonicadjective

    imparting vitality and energy

    "the bracing mountain air"

  3. briskverb

    very active

    "doing a brisk business"

  4. brisk, brisk up, briskenverb

    become brisk

    "business brisked up"


  1. briskadjective

    Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick.

    We took a brisk walk yesterday.

  2. briskadjective

    Full of spirit of life; effervescing, as liquors; sparkling; as, brisk cider.

  3. briskadjective

    Stimulating or invigorating.

    This morning was a brisk fall day. It wasn't cold enough for frost but you wanted to keep moving.

  4. Etymology: Uncertain. Compare brysg and.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRISKadjective

    Etymology: brusque, Fr.

    Pr’ythee, die, and set me free,
    Or else be
    Kind and brisk, and gay like me. John Denham.

    A creeping young fellow, that had committed matrimony with a brisk gamesome lass, was so altered in a few days, that he was liker a sceleton than a living man. Roger L'Estrange.

    Why shou’d all honour then be ta’en
    From lower parts, to load the brain:
    When other limbs we plainly see,
    Each in his way, as brisk as he? Matthew Prior.

    Our nature here is not unlike our wine;
    Some sorts, when old, continue brisk and fine. John Denham.

    Under ground, the rude Riphæan race
    Mimick brisk cyder, with the brake’s product wild,
    Sloes pounded, hips, and servis’ harshest juice. Philips.

    It must needs be some exteriour cause, and the brisk acting of some objects without me, whose efficacy I cannot resist. John Locke.

    Objects appeared much darker, because my instrument was overcharged; had it magnified thirty or twenty five times, it would have made the object appear more brisk and pleasant. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. brisk

    Brisk typically refers to an activity or action being performed in a quick, energetic, or lively manner. It can also imply refreshingly cool or invigorating weather.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Briskadjective

    full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick

  2. Briskadjective

    full of spirit of life; effervesc/ng, as liquors; sparkling; as, brick cider

  3. Brisk

    to make or become lively; to enliven; to animate; to take, or cause to take, an erect or bold attitude; -- usually with up

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brisk

    brisk, adj. full of life and spirit: active: sharp: effervescing, as liquors.—v.t. to enliven, freshen.—v.i. to cheer up.—adjs. Brisk′ish, Brisk′y, (Shak.).—adv. Brisk′ly.—n. Brisk′ness. [Dr Murray notes that the word is first found in the end of the 16th century; prob. W. brysg, swift of foot; cf. Gael. brisg, Ir. briosg.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRISK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brisk is ranked #42579 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brisk surname appeared 509 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Brisk.

    88.8% or 452 total occurrences were White.
    7.4% or 38 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.7% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brisk in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brisk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of brisk in a Sentence

  1. Butler:

    All smatterers are more brisk and pert Than those who understand an art; As little sparkles shine more bright Than glowing coals that gave them light.

  2. Peter Kokkinos:

    The emphasis should be placed on relatively longer exercise duration and moderate intensity, like a brisk walk, especially for older individuals, this approach carries a lower risk of injury.

  3. Adrian Meule:

    This study showed that brisk walking can be used as a strategy to reduce momentary food craving.

  4. Ernesto Pernia:

    That is foundational for ... investments to come and for economic growth to be more brisk.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Lock manufacturers are doing brisk business these days as the sale of its products is highest especially near stock market exchange because while the stock market is falling everyday and distrust growing towards it amongst traders, more and more brokerage house & MF SIP AMC offices are getting locked and unemployment soaring with layoffs

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Translations for brisk

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  • пенлив, жив, оживен, свежBulgarian
  • čilý, energetický, živý, svěží, bystrýCzech
  • vital, anregend, rege, lebhaftGerman
  • enérgico, vital, brusco, vigorizante, briosoSpanish
  • rivakka, reipasFinnish
  • animé, stimulant, vifFrench
  • fürgeHungarian
  • vivaceItalian
  • spirgts, možs, kustīgs, mundrs, ņiprs, žirgtsLatvian
  • haukoriMāori
  • opgewekt, opwekkend, levendigDutch
  • energicznyPolish
  • rápidoPortuguese
  • ре́зкий, живо́й, энерги́чный, бодря́щий, отры́вистый, све́жий, оживлённыйRussian
  • raskSwedish

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    A larceny
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