- 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.
- 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.
- perky; jaunty: a perk manner.
Origin of perk1
- to percolate: Has the coffee perked yet? The research team is perking with new ideas.
Origin of perk2
Origin of perk3
Related Words for perksadvantage, extra, bonus, gratuity, dividend, perquisite, largess, plus, gravy, tip, lagniappe
Examples from the Web for perks
Contemporary Examples of perks
And he speaks about the perks of the two months of rehearsal with the full cast.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’
December 2, 2014
And there are perks to that: At least it meant that officials would waste no time in trying to contain the outbreak.Dallas: A Journal of the Plague City
October 17, 2014
Going hands-free is just one of the perks of a place where the only form of transportation is by carriage, bike, or tractor.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
One of the perks of celebrity is having both the platform and the high status to fight for the causes that strike closest to home.The Agony and the Ecstasy of Ai Weiwei
May 15, 2014
Rabbis can tell when someone changes their religion to Jewish for the perks.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison
May 11, 2014
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?
"I'm not sure that that's not perks," said little Pye with his quizzical glance.
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.
So Perks and Benny drifted apart, and Benny wondered if they would ever meet again.
- pert; brisk; lively
- See perk up
Word Origin for perk
- (intr) (of coffee) to percolate
- (tr) to percolate (coffee)
- British informal short for perquisite
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.