- to become lively, cheerful, or vigorous, as after depression or sickness (usually followed by up): The patients all perked up when we played the piano for them.
- to act, or carry oneself, in a jaunty manner.
- to put oneself forward briskly or presumptuously.
- to make smart, trim, or jaunty (sometimes followed by up or out): to perk up a suit with a new white blouse.
- to raise smartly or briskly (often followed by up or out): to perk one's head up.
- perky; jaunty: a perk manner.
Origin of perk1
- to percolate: Has the coffee perked yet? The research team is perking with new ideas.
Origin of perk2
Origin of perk3
Related Words for perkadvantage, extra, bonus, gratuity, dividend, perquisite, largess, plus, gravy, tip, lagniappe
Examples from the Web for perk
Contemporary Examples of perk
It also included a perk—a tax exemption—for landlords who, like Mitchell, rent property to charter schools.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
The bozos who abuse the perk make for great copy, but they really aren't at all typical of the business jet community.‘Abercrombie’ Lawsuit: Why CEOs Love Their Jets
October 19, 2012
Daniel Stone reports on whether the perk has gotten out of control.Federal Employees Rake in Millions in Added Pay and Bonuses
June 6, 2012
“If you avoid getting caught, a little affair can perk up a marriage,” says Lucy, a 50-something Californian.Is Cheating the Secret to a Happy Marriage?
October 11, 2011
A perk I found appealing is the breakfast served in the central atrium underneath a dramatic glass dome.Gal With a Suitcase
June 5, 2010
Historical Examples of perk
The good custom was established and Meg began to perk up again.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
You get int' your best clothes and perk up a bit; you can boss it over Janet.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
But we can get some letters that maybe will perk us up a little.
Perk, we've got to do something—and we've got to do it sudden.Skinner's Dress Suit
Henry Irving Dodge
If you're afraid to start, Perk, come down an' let me try it.Motor Matt's "Century" Run
Stanley R. Matthews
- pert; brisk; lively
- See perk up
Word Origin for perk
- (intr) (of coffee) to percolate
- (tr) to percolate (coffee)
- British informal short for perquisite
late 14c., "to make oneself trim or smart," perhaps from Old North French perquer "to perch" (Modern French percher; see perch (n.1)), on notion of a bird preening its plumage. Sense of "raise oneself briskly" is first attested 1520s; perk up "recover liveliness" is from 1650s. Related: Perked; perking.