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  • 1Active, fast, and energetic.

    ‘a good brisk walk’
    • ‘business appeared to be brisk’
    • ‘That done, she departed for the stables at a brisk speedy walk.’
    • ‘Navi took a quick break from their brisk walk by leaning against one of the light poles.’
    • ‘Darren had to hurry to keep pace with his father's brisk walk.’
    • ‘That's exactly the moment for a brisk 10-minute walk.’
    • ‘The remainder of their walk was brisk but silent.’
    • ‘He put the weapon away and walked away at a brisk pace.’
    • ‘The floor was covered up quickly with brisk, long strides.’
    • ‘The conductor, whose name I didn't quite catch, quickly counted off a brisk jazz beat, and we were off.’
    • ‘They ate and broke camp quickly, setting a brisk pace across the slick stone of the Old Road.’
    • ‘By the time I visited, more than two-thirds of the flats had been sold, and business was brisk.’
    • ‘There is also a lone souvenir shop doing brisk business.’
    • ‘It's a light and breezy ground floor and mezzanine, doing brisk business on a weekday lunchtime.’
    • ‘Her slow walked quickly turned into a brisk sprint as she ran for the front entrance.’
    • ‘Business was brisk but there were only a few women by 10 pm.’
    • ‘According to simple economic theory, brisk business activity will naturally boost consumption in the general public.’
    • ‘Business is brisk at a wedding souvenir shop just around the corner from the cathedral where the real bells will toll.’
    • ‘Business was brisk at the Fair, with dealers selling several important sculptures on the first day itself.’
    • ‘Business here is often brisk, overseen by the effervescent proprietor who mans the steamy open kitchen.’
    • ‘The bazaars were doing brisk business as Holi approached.’
    • ‘We hear that it is doing brisk business in India.’
    quick, rapid, fast, swift, speedy, fleet-footed
    busy, bustling, lively, active, vibrant, hectic
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    1. 1.1Sharp or abrupt.
      ‘the brisk, dismissive nod of her head’
      • ‘The answering tone was brisk and businesslike, as if this happened ordinarily and every day.’
      • ‘She said all this in a brisk voice but faltered slightly when she saw all my luggage.’
      • ‘‘Time to go, Cheri,’ Mrs Barnes chirped in brisk tones.’
      • ‘On the other end of the line Logan is brisk, businesslike.’
      • ‘She danced with a brusque and determined attitude, and she spoke in the same sharp, brisk manner.’
      • ‘Skyler replied to her question with a brisk nod, and tried to not make eye contact.’
      • ‘She waved a wing in the air, a brisk, dismissing gesture.’
      no-nonsense, decisive, businesslike
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    2. 1.2(of the weather or wind) cold but fresh and enlivening.
      ‘the sea was shimmering and heaving beneath the brisk breeze’
      • ‘A cold, brisk wind fills the square on a grey Saturday afternoon.’
      • ‘Though the wind was brisk and chilly, the sun was bright and warm.’
      • ‘The September night was chilly, with a brisk wind picking up, but neither seemed to notice.’
      • ‘Having been used to arid, scorching heat, the brisk weather was both welcome and refreshing, if not a bit cold.’
      • ‘There's wind in the sails today and the brisk breezes revive the men's falling spirit.’
      • ‘I knew it was a brisk wind, considering it was considered winter, but it really did feel wonderful.’
      • ‘A brisk wind blew, causing dead leaves to dance in the air and cause those on the ground to ruffle across.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a gurgling pot of homemade soup to warm your bones when the brisk weather sets in.’
      • ‘At the edge of the lake, a brisk wind snapped at Jane's skirts.’
      • ‘The next evening a brisk breeze came up from the southwest.’
      • ‘The group traveled for the rest of the day in a brisk rain.’
      • ‘The brisk breeze carried a lingering odor of salt as it brushed against Isabella's face.’
      • ‘She quickly stepped outside, her hair lifting in a brisk breeze.’
      • ‘She walked out of the ruin, into the brisk breeze outside.’
      • ‘The brisk November wind made him feel awake and energized.’
      • ‘The brisk ocean wind was a refreshing feeling, just what Helen needed.’
      • ‘The air was cold and brisk, but he paid it no mind.’
      • ‘The broken window was letting in the brisk cold air.’
      • ‘He had rustled up his riding-jacket for the brisk evening weather.’
      • ‘If self-restraint at the feast isn't one of your virtues, a walk in the brisk air may help undo what you've overdone.’
      bracing, fresh, crisp, invigorating, refreshing, reviving, stimulating, rousing, enlivening, exhilarating, energizing
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/brisk/ /brɪsk/


Late 16th century probably from French brusque (see brusque).