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adjective, perk·i·er, perk·i·est.
  1. jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert.
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Origin of perky

First recorded in 1850–55; perk1 + -y1
Related formsperk·i·ly, adverbperk·i·ness, noun
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Related Words

bubbly, sunny, bouncy, cheerful, bright, lively, cheery, jaunty, active, alert, aware, brisk, buoyant, gay, spirited, sprightly, vivacious

Examples from the Web for perky

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  • 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

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

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

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

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for perky


adjective perkier or perkiest
  1. jaunty; lively
  2. confident; spirited
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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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