perk

1
[purk]

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

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.

adjective

perky; jaunty: a perk manner.

Nearby words

  1. perjured,
  2. perjuredly,
  3. perjurious,
  4. perjuriously,
  5. perjury,
  6. perk up,
  7. perkin,
  8. perkin's mauve,
  9. perkin, sir william henry,
  10. perkins

Origin of perk

1
1350–1400; Middle English perken; perhaps akin to peer2

Related formsperk·ing·ly, adverbperk·ish, adjective

perk

2
[purk]

verb (used with or without object) Informal.

to percolate: Has the coffee perked yet? The research team is perking with new ideas.

Origin of perk

2
1930–35, Americanism; by shortening and respelling of percolate

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British Dictionary definitions for perking

perk

1

adjective

pert; brisk; lively

verb

Word Origin for perk

C16: see perk up

perk

2

verb informal

(intr) (of coffee) to percolate
(tr) to percolate (coffee)

perk

3

noun

British informal short for perquisite
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