• WordNet 3.6
    • adj brisk very active "doing a brisk business"
    • adj brisk 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"
    • adj brisk imparting vitality and energy "the bracing mountain air"
    • v brisk become brisk "business brisked up"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brisk Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick. "Cheerily, boys; be brick awhile.""Brisk toil alternating with ready ease."
    • Brisk Full of spirit of life; effervescing, as liquors; sparkling; as, brick cider.
    • v. t. & i Brisk To make or become lively; to enliven; to animate; to take, or cause to take, an erect or bold attitude; -- usually with up.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brisk Quick or rapid in action or motion; exhibiting quickness; lively; swift; nimble: as, a brisk breeze.
    • brisk Sprightly; animated; vivacious; gay: as, “a brisk, gamesome lass,”
    • brisk L'Estrange.
    • brisk Full of lively or exciting action or events; exciting; interesting.
    • brisk Burning freely; bright: as, a brisk fire.
    • brisk Effervescing vigorously: said of liquors: as, brisk cider.
    • brisk Performed or kept up with briskness; rapid; quick: as, a brisk fire of infantry.
    • brisk Vivid; luminous.
    • brisk Synonyms Alert, nimble, quick, rapid, sprightly, prompt, spry, smart, bustling, wide-awake, eager. See active and busy.
    • brisk To make lively; enliven; animate; refresh: sometimes with up.
    • brisk To become brisk, lively, or active: with up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brisk brisk full of life and spirit: active: sharp: effervescing, as liquors
    • v.t Brisk to enliven, freshen
    • v.i Brisk to cheer up
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “If I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Will it, and set to work briskly.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. W. brysg, fr. brys, haste, Gael. briosg, quick, lively, Ir. broisg, a start, leap, jerk


In literature:

The Corner of Market and Front Streets was brisk with life and activity at twelve, the change hour, every day.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Now the remaining officers of the garrison came briskly up while the first sergeants of the companies were attending to the formation.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Quite brisk and cheerful.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
The mare trotted briskly and the rush of cool air was delicious.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
She kept a brisk and business-like eye on proceedings.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
And then Harboro's manner became rather brisk again.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Fire.= Remember that the best fire for cooking is a small, clear one, or better yet, a few brisk coals.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The van rolled out through the town-gate as briskly as if it were going for a pleasant excursion.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Six hours' brisk marching took us to a sheltered spot where a few lichens and shrubs were growing.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
At that instant the fire was very brisk on both sides, and the whole line was engaged.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross

In poetry:

I laugh, it is so brisk and gay;
It is so far before, I weep: I hope I shall lie down some day,
Lie down and sleep.
"Fata Morgana" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
CLARIN: Good God! 'tis certain
That 'tis me they seek so briskly,
Since they say that I am here.
What can they require?
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Sometimes briskly, sometimes flaggin,
Sometimes helpit, Will gat forth;
On a cart, or in a waggon,
Hirpling ay towards the north.
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
With instant cry, away they dash,
And men as fast pursue;
O’er logs they leap, through water splash,
And shout the brisk halloo.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
His brisk wee doggie ran before,
An' aft ran back in gamesome mood,
Whan a' at ance a fearfu' howl
He geid, an' like a stane he stood.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
And may she comes, and may she goes,
Down by yon hollin tree,
And there she spied a brisk young squire,
And a brisk young squire was he.
"The Bonny Hind" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Instead of hunting for Black Friday specials, I brave the brisk Kansas weather and hit another portion of our section with the boy and the dog.
Retailers see brisk sales of batteries, generators, gas.
Star Wars-themed one liter bottles of Brisk Iced Tea feature Kinect scannable M-Tags printed on the label that unlock content in an Xbox game.
Brisk Iced Tea Star Wars promotion.
Eminem has struck a deal for a $1 million-plus Super Bowl spot to appear as a Claymation character in a Lipton Brisk iced-tea commercial.
Getting your heart rate up with a simple brisk walk also increases endorphins, a natural hormone that boosts your sense of well-being.
The South Korean carrier said it must increase contribution margins in this market segment in order to justify the capital investment necessary to increase in our reefer fleet to keep pace with brisk market growth a.
Lately, it's been cool temperatures and brisk winds that have invaded downtown Newnan.
Sales are so brisk we need a constant flow of new donations to keep the shelves and racks full with housewares, linens, clothes, accessories and furniture.
Brisk ticket sales for tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing have led to the jackpot being increased to an estimated $363 million dollars. has beefed up its amazing collection of accessories in anticipation of brisk Christmas sales this year.
Cyber Monday's online sales got off to a brisk start, sending e.
US land drilling kicks into high gear, prepares for brisk year.
Carmakers from Chrysler to Volkswagen reported brisk demand in November, and said sales rose on everything from small SUVs to sedans.
Fireworks sales brisk as holiday approaches.

In science:

To make this last notion concrete and enhance intuition, we give below a self-contained, brisk discussion of Survey Propagation.
On the Solution-Space Geometry of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
The research of the third author has been supported in part by grants from the CUNY Research Foundation. 1See [Ani] for an instance of the argument at MathOverflow, which surely serves a brisk cup of math tea online.
Pointwise Definable Models of Set Theory
However, once become acquainted with the team partner, brisk discussions and vivid lateral information transfer started also in larger groups. Thus, the coffee and lunch breaks were extensively used to learn more about the foreign field of activity and to address numerous arising questions.
Biologists meet statisticians: A workshop for young scientists to foster interdisciplinary team work
After introducing our notion of ‘limit object’, we will give a fairly brisk summary of the translations between these formalisms; the calculations are all routine.
Exchangeable random measures
Theoretical activity in heavy flavours has been brisk during the last year, spurred by new experimental measurements and some outstanding challenges.
Heavy flavours: working group summary