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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from French brusque; BRUSQUE

brisk

adjective
     
brisk
1 quick and full of energy:
They set off at a brisk pace.
2 quick, practical and showing that you want to get things done quickly:
Her tone of voice is brisk.
3 trade or business that is brisk is very busy, with a lot of products being sold:
The public bar was already doing a brisk trade.
4 weather that is brisk is cold and clear
briskly adverb:
They walked briskly.
briskness noun [uncountable]

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