perky

[ pur-kee ]
/ ˈpɜr ki /

adjective, perk·i·er, perk·i·est.

jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert.

Nearby words

  1. perkin,
  2. perkin's mauve,
  3. perkin, sir william henry,
  4. perkins,
  5. perkins, frances,
  6. perl,
  7. perle,
  8. perle cotton,
  9. perlea,
  10. perlemoen

Origin of perky

First recorded in 1850–55; perk1 + -y1

Related formsperk·i·ly, adverbperk·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for perky

perky

/ (ˈpɜːkɪ) /

adjective perkier or perkiest

jaunty; lively
confident; spirited
Derived Formsperkily, adverbperkiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for perky

perky

adj.

1820, from perk (v.) + -y (2). Of young women's breasts since at least 1937. Related: Perkily; perkiness.

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