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brisk / brisk/ • adj. active, fast, and energetic: a good brisk walk business appeared to be brisk. ∎  (of the weather or wind) cold but fresh and enlivening. ∎  sharp or abrupt: the brisk, dismissive nod of her head. DERIVATIVES: brisk·ly adv. brisk·ness n.

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brisk †smart, spruce XVI; quick and active; sharp (in various senses) XVI. prob. — F. brusque BRUSQUE, but the connection of sense is not clear.