adjective, perk·i·er, perk·i·est.

jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert.

Origin of perky

First recorded in 1850–55; perk1 + -y1
Related formsperk·i·ly, adverbperk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perky

Contemporary Examples of perky

Historical Examples of perky

  • She was so small and perky and so absurdly able to take care of herself.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • They taught the perky boy that he was not everything, and the limp boy that he might be something.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • I know you, Perky; and you needn't try any tricks on me or it'll be the worse for you.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Perky seized the rockets and touched one after the other to the flames of the bonfire.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

  • But Perky wired the Governor that he thought he was being watched?

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for perky


adjective perkier or perkiest

jaunty; lively
confident; spirited
Derived Formsperkily, adverbperkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for perky

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

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