verb (1)
\ ˈpərk How to pronounce perk (audio) \
perked; perking; perks

Definition of perk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to thrust up the head, stretch out the neck, or carry the body in a bold or insolent manner
b : to stick up or out jauntily
2 : to gain in vigor or cheerfulness especially after a period of weakness or depression usually used with up he's perked up noticeably

transitive verb

1 : to make smart or spruce in appearance : freshen, improve often used with up
2 : to thrust up quickly or impudently


verb (2)
perked; perking; perks

Definition of perk (Entry 2 of 3)



Definition of perk (Entry 3 of 3)

: perquisite usually used in plural

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Examples of perk in a Sentence

Noun the salary's not great, but the perks make up for it
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Electronic art will be installed in the gloomy passage to perk it up. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 June 2021 The project’s success would bolster broader efforts by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to perk up neighborhoods on the South and West sides, including through the $750 million Invest South/West program. Ryan Ori,, 28 May 2021 The ice is just leaving the ponds and lakes, though, and that should rejuvenate the oxygen content of those waters, and perk up the trout. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 4 Mar. 2021 The deal is also a sign that Boston’s office market is beginning to perk up from its pandemic doldrums, which have brought vacancy rates to their highest level in a decade and slowed new leasing to a crawl., 6 May 2021 This therapy stimulates this system, causing the muscles to perk up. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 5 May 2021 Maybe things will perk up if Allie gets to live out his casino-robbing dreams. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2021 See more cleaning tips Streak-free glass cleaner and shower cleaner to remove soap scum perk up the bathroom. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021 Ancient Egyptian and Roman women of means covered their skin with a chalklike powder made from gypsum, adding red pigment to perk things up a bit. Linda Wells, Town & Country, 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a bid to mitigate the pandemic blow, airlines that offer the no-perk basic economy ticket loosened up. Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Rewind Rounds/Firefly – New perk paired with an old one works out pretty well too. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Another perk to being in the movie longer was staying in San Diego for the duration of filming. Nina Garin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 Virtual celebrations can offer another perk for those of us with social anxiety or uncomfortable family situations. Ian Kerner, CNN, 6 May 2021 And the Chase Sapphire Preferred has another limited-time perk. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, 25 Mar. 2021 Firefly is back as a perk and can roll on Fatebringer and Hung Jury. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The residents of the region, at least in the early 1980s, seem to accept this as a fact of life; some even view it as a perk. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2021 No matter how employers dress up fully remote work as a perk, workers will primarily bear the price—overtly in terms of home-office expenses, but especially covertly, in psychological costs—and should fight the trend. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of perk

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1922, in the meaning defined above


1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perk

Verb (1)

Middle English

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The first known use of perk was in the 14th century

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18 Jun 2021

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“Perk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perk

: something extra that someone receives in addition to regular pay for doing a job
: a good thing that you have or get because of your situation


\ ˈpərk How to pronounce perk (audio) \
perked; perking

Kids Definition of perk

1 : to make or become more lively or cheerful I perked up when I heard the good news.
2 : to make fresher in appearance Let's perk the room up with fresh paint.
3 : to lift in a quick, alert, or bold way The dog perked its ears.


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