Definition: quick and active; marked by liveliness and vigor
Definition: quick and active; marked by liveliness and vigor
Sentences Containing 'brisk'
Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waist coat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.
In a very little while, idle non associationists began to be pretty plenty, brisk as business was, and much as their services were desired.
Cairo is a brisk town now; and is substantially built, and has a city look about it which is in noticeable contrast to its former estate, as per Mr. Dickens's portrait of it.
I was joined there by a stranger, who dropped into conversation with me a brisk young fellow, who said he was born in a town in the interior of Wisconsin, and had never seen a steamboat until a week before.
Brisk men, energetic of movement and speech; the dollar their god, how to get it their religion.
Big fire, all right brisk trade for ten days while people scared; after that, dull policy business till next fire.
Quincy is a notable example a brisk, handsome, well ordered city; and now, as formerly, interested in art, letters, and other high things.
Of cooks and cook-maids there were over fifty, all clean, brisk, and blithe.
At their head were a venerable old man and an ancient dame, more brisk and active, however, than might have been expected from their years.
T'other one said THIS warn't one of the short ones, he reckoned--and then they laughed, and he said it over again, and they laughed again; then they waked up another fellow and told him, and laughed, but he didn't laugh; he ripped out something brisk, and said let him alone.
When he ceased she became brisk again in an instant, and rattled away with surprising volubility.
Finally he took the bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug.
Yet this emaciation seemed to be his natural habit, and due to no disease, for his eye was bright, his step brisk, and his bearing assured.
His manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue impression of age, for he had a slight forward stoop and a little bend of the knees as he walked.
She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a woman who has had her own way to make in the world.
The new old gentleman turns brisk towards Ab Turner and his pard, and his eye lights up like he judged he'd got the king THIS time, and says: "There--you've heard what he said!
The duke says, pretty brisk: "When it comes to that, maybe you'll let me ask, what was YOU referring to?"
I had a hope that this brisk treatment might freshen my wits a little; and I think it did them good, for I soon came to the conclusion that the first step I ought to take was, to try if my articles could be cancelled and the premium recovered.
They were not unlike birds, altogether; having a sharp, brisk, sudden manner, and a little short, spruce way of adjusting themselves, like canaries.
I was called from these reflections by the sight of a freckled woman with yellow hair and a yellow gown, standing in the porch of the inn, under a dull red lamp swinging there, that looked much like an injured eye, and carrying on a brisk scolding with a man in a purple woollen shirt.
For some days we had very little wind; it was not till the nineteenth that a brisk gale from the northwest sprang up.
True, other fish are found exceedingly brisk in those Hyperborean waters; but these, be it observed, are your cold-blooded, lungless fish, whose very bellies are refrigerators; creatures, that warm themselves under the lee of an iceberg, as a traveller in winter would bask before an inn fire; whereas, like man, the whale has lungs and warm blood.
Drawn into the waiting boat, they were quickly brought to the deck; but Tashtego was long in coming to, and Queequeg did not look very brisk.
In Sindhu Bhairavi, he presented ‘Samba Sadasiva’ – a lovely piece composed by his uncle V.V.S. He concluded his brilliant recital with a brisk and lively Madhuvanti Tillana of Shanmugha Raghavan with swarakshara prayogas.
As the holiday shopping season wrapped up, Windows 8 sales continued to lag, even as Apple reported brisk sales.
After the Napoleonic Wars there was a brisk trade in Egyptian mummies.
Fortunately for the Malaysian art music scene progress in the current period has been brisk, and the number of serious composers and compositions in this field is increasing.
A close and shrewd observer, with quick grasp of character and a humorous sense tinged with cynicism, he was always fresh and attractive — and not seldom brilliant — as preacher, writer, or conversationalist. His sermons were literary and practical rather than dogmatic ; his essays, although often commonplace in thought and expression, caught the attention by their common sense, their easy allusiveness, and transparency of style; and his brisk unflagging talk was enriched with endless and apposite anecdotes, although it was not devoid of a certain overbearing element.
His long rollicking run up and brisk pace gave away many no-balls and too often he served up full tosses and long hops, but he turned the ball fiercely and his googly had even the best batsmen groping.
By 1968, business was brisk on the Trail.
He added, "Aside from its humor, Ayckbourn's work is notable for its brisk pacing, multilateral action and the ingenuity of its complex structuring, all qualities that lose something in the screen transfer . . .
He was for a short time the pupil of R. Elijah Schick, and later he studied under Benjamin Diskin, rabbi of Vilkovisk, who, much impressed by his agreeable manners and great ability, accepted him as a pupil and as the fellow student of his son Joshua Leib Diskin, afterward rabbi of Brisk.
From the 1950s on Lieffen became known to a wider public for his film appearances, like the role of the brisk chauffeur Fritz in Billy Wilder's "One, Two, Three".
In the Middle Ages, the ancestral Breton horse was sought by military leaders, partly because of its comfortable gait, which was said to be partway between a brisk trot and an amble.
alone carried over 27,000 passengers to and from Margate and competition was brisk.
The climax occurs at an ancient desert fort after a whirlwind of brisk action and seductive scenery.
If by the end of the seventeenth century English grammar writing had made a modest start, totaling 16 new grammars since Bullokar's "Pamphlet" of 115 years before, by the end of the eighteenth, the pace was positively brisk; 270 new titles were added during that century.
On Friday, two ships and three tenders, taking advantage of a brisk gale and strong current, ran by our batteries, up the North River where they at present remain.
Óscar, the oldest, and his steel-willed mother run the family's grocery store called "el Jardín" (The Garden), which does a brisk business in the black market.
Although in the earlier film the theme was played in a brisk, staccato and comedic style, the melody was the same as the love theme from "The Godfather", and for that reason was deemed ineligible for an Oscar.
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unsightly - ugly; unpleasant to look at
biennial - every two years