verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- perk up,
- perkin's mauve,
- perkin, sir william henry,
Origin of perk1
verb (used with or without object) Informal.
Origin of perk2
Examples from the Web for perking
And yet these perking courtiers are a long time seeing that.The Hero of the People|Alexandre Dumas
It's simply ridiculous to have Margaret perking herself up for beaux.A Little Girl in Old New York|Amanda Millie Douglas
Then she strolled over toward the Man, lifting her feet in her most aristocratic way and perking her head prettily.Tales of a Poultry Farm|Clara Dillingham Pierson
He set coffee to perking, laid strips of bacon in a skillet and arranged half a dozen eggs nearby.Double Challenge|James Arthur Kjelgaard
"You hear it from the police, gentlemen," added Mr. Meredith, perking up a little.The Gentleman From Indiana|Booth Tarkington
Word Origin for perk
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.