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perk

verb \ ˈpərk \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018
1 a : 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
1 : to make smart or spruce in appearance : freshen, improve often used with up
2 : to thrust up quickly or impudently

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Origin and Etymology of perk

Middle English

First Known Use of perk

1922

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perk

noun
: perquisite usually used in plural

Examples of perk in a Sentence

  1. the salary's not great, but the perks make up for it

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First Known Use of perk

1824

in the meaning defined above

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PERK Defined for English Language Learners

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


PERK Defined for Kids

perk

verb \ ˈpərk \
perked; perking
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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