Origin of perky

First recorded in 1850–55; perk1 + -y1
Related formsperk·i·ly, adverbperk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of perkiness

Historical Examples of perkiness

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


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for perkiness


adjective perkier or perkiest
  1. jaunty; lively
  2. confident; spirited
Derived Formsperkily, adverbperkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for perkiness



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

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