brisker, briskest
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A brisk activity or action is done quickly and in an energetic way.

Taking a brisk walk can often induce a feeling of well-being...

The horse broke into a brisk trot.

Derived words:
briskly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Eve walked briskly down the corridor to her son's room.

briskness N-UNCOUNT

With determined briskness, Amy stood up and put their cups back on the tray.

2) ADJ-GRADED If trade or business is brisk, things are being sold very quickly and a lot of money is being made.

Vendors were doing a brisk trade in souvenirs...

Its sales had been brisk since July.

Derived words:
briskly ADV-GRADED ADV after v

A trader said gold sold briskly on the local market.

3) ADJ-GRADED If the weather is brisk, it is cold and fresh.

...a typically brisk winter's day on the South Coast...

The breeze was cool, brisk and invigorating.

4) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is brisk behaves in a busy, confident way which shows that they want to get things done quickly.

The Chief summoned me downstairs. He was brisk and businesslike...

She is noted for her brisk handling of business.

Derived words:
briskly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

`Anyhow,' she added briskly, `it's none of my business.'

briskness N-UNCOUNT

He felt her familiar briskness, and he knew that it was all over.

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