Definition of brisk adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//brɪsk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪsk//
    (brisker, briskest) Confident
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  1. 1quick; busy a brisk walk to set off at a brisk pace Ice-cream vendors were doing a brisk trade (= selling a lot of ice cream). We went for a brisk walk before lunch.
  2. 2(of a person, their voice or manner) practical and confident; showing a desire to get things done quickly His tone became brisk and businesslike. See related entries: Confident
  3. 3(of wind and the weather) cold but pleasantly fresh a brisk wind/breeze
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: probably from French brusque ‘lively, fierce,’ from Italian brusco ‘sour’.
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