perk

1
[purk]
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
  2. to act, or carry oneself, in a jaunty manner.
  3. to put oneself forward briskly or presumptuously.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make smart, trim, or jaunty (sometimes followed by up or out): to perk up a suit with a new white blouse.
  2. to raise smartly or briskly (often followed by up or out): to perk one's head up.
adjective
  1. perky; jaunty: a perk manner.

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.
  1. 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

perk

3
[purk]
noun Informal.
  1. perquisite.

Origin of perk

3
First recorded in 1815–25; by shortening and respelling
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Examples from the Web for perks

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Historical Examples of perks

  • Well, is it perks if I buy a picture from you for ten bob which I know to be worth £1,000?

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson

  • "I'm not sure that that's not perks," said little Pye with his quizzical glance.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson

  • And when they raves agin our perks, they only longs to collar 'em.

  • Perks was not so big as Benny, though he was two or three years older.

    Her Benny

    Silas Kitto Hocking

  • So Perks and Benny drifted apart, and Benny wondered if they would ever meet again.

    Her Benny

    Silas Kitto Hocking


British Dictionary definitions for perks

perk

1
adjective
  1. pert; brisk; lively
verb
  1. See perk up

Word Origin for perk

C16: see perk up

perk

2
verb informal
  1. (intr) (of coffee) to percolate
  2. (tr) to percolate (coffee)

perk

3
noun
  1. British informal short for perquisite
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Word Origin and History for perks

perk

v.

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.

perk

n.

1869, shortened and altered form of perquisite (q.v.); as a verb, 1934 as shortened and altered form of percolate.

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