perk

1
[ purk ]
See synonyms for: perkperkedperkerperkest on Thesaurus.com

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.

  1. 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
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English perken “(of a bird) to perch on a tree”; akin to perch1

Other words from perk

  • perk·ing·ly, adverb
  • perkish, adjective

Other definitions for perk (2 of 3)

perk2
[ 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
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; by shortening and respelling

Other definitions for perk (3 of 3)

perk3
[ purk ]

nounInformal.

Origin of perk

3
First recorded in 1865–70; by shortening and respelling
  • Also perc .

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How to use perk in a sentence

  • On top of the pleasure (or pain), the clients who saw Mistress Carla received their own additional perks.

    Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix | Justin Jones | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • One Spinal Solutions sales representative said he suspected Williams was using perks to woo surgeons.

    Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’ | The Center for Investigative Reporting | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • And there are perks to that: At least it meant that officials would waste no time in trying to contain the outbreak.

  • Such "perks," or perquisites, were the property of the presiding cook or night-watchman and rarely survived for more than a day.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Part of the provisions consisted of raisins and almonds which had been taken as extras or "perks," as they were usually called.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Jane felt hurt at being deserted by her twin so soon, but she knew that Christopher was anxious to make Perks acquaintance.

    Letty and the Twins | Helen Sherman Griffith
  • Perks going to beat, she declared calmly, cause Josh wont let the horse trot down-hill.

    Letty and the Twins | Helen Sherman Griffith
  • Then Mrs. Perks looked fixedly at Miriam, and stiffened herself into a very pillar of disapprobation.

    A Woman's Burden | Fergus Hume

British Dictionary definitions for perk (1 of 3)

perk1

/ (pɜːk) /


adjective
  1. pert; brisk; lively

verb

Origin of perk

1
C16: see perk up

British Dictionary definitions for perk (2 of 3)

perk2

/ (pɜːk) /


verbinformal
  1. (intr) (of coffee) to percolate

  2. (tr) to percolate (coffee)

British Dictionary definitions for perk (3 of 3)

perk3

/ (pɜːk) /


noun
  1. British informal short for perquisite

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