- jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert.
Origin of perky
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Examples from the Web for perky
She was a perky redhead of about 30 with lively blue eyes, a petite figure, and lots of nerve.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
And beware the perky morning anchors with their inane questions (Aretha Franklin).Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
Swift hopes that playing the victim, the perky sponge of “hate,” sells.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
Feminist pioneer Marlo Thomas, who played the perky and prototypical good girl Ann Marie on That Girl, wants you to be yourself.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath
April 24, 2014
They aren't young, perky, perfect, faithful or especially apologetic about it.The Many Faces of Toni Collette
March 21, 2010
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.
But Perky wired the Governor that he thought he was being watched?
Perky seized the rockets and touched one after the other to the flames of the bonfire.
- jaunty; lively
- confident; spirited
Word Origin and History for perky
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