perky

[ pur-kee ]
/ ˈpɜr ki /
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adjective, perk·i·er, perk·i·est.

jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert.

Nearby words

  1. perkin,
  2. perkin's mauve,
  3. perkin, sir william henry,
  4. perkins,
  5. perkins, frances,
  6. perl,
  7. perle,
  8. perle cotton,
  9. perlea,
  10. perlemoen

Origin of perky

First recorded in 1850–55; perk1 + -y1

Related formsperk·i·ly, adverbperk·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for perkiness

  • But why, Tricia Romano asks, must there always be so much pink and perkiness?

  • He had a faint fear that the old man might be chaffing him, but the innocence of Erchie's face restored his perkiness.

    Erchie|(AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro


British Dictionary definitions for perkiness

perky

/ (ˈpɜːkɪ) /

adjective perkier or perkiest

jaunty; lively
confident; spirited
Derived Formsperkily, adverbperkiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for perkiness

perky

adj.

1820, from perk (v.) + -y (2). Of young women's breasts since at least 1937. Related: Perkily; perkiness.

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