Brisk Brisk (br[i^]sk), a. [Cf. W. brysg, fr. brys haste, Gael. briosg quick, lively, Ir. broisg a start, leap, jerk.] 1. Full of liveliness and activity; characterized by quickness of motion or action; lively; spirited; quick. [1913 Webster]

Cheerily, boys; be brick awhile. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Brisk toil alternating with ready ease. --Wordworth. [1913 Webster]

2. Full of spirit of life; effervesc?ng, as liquors; sparkling; as, brick cider. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Active; lively; agile; alert; nimble; quick; sprightly; vivacious; gay; spirited; animated. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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