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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Staying There Hotel Lemongarden, which opened two summers ago, perked up the sleepy fishing village of Sutivan, on the other side of the island from Bol. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 And Bryce isn't the only one who seemed perked up by his dad's advice. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "LeBron James Gives Son Bryce a Heartwarming Pep Talk During a Basketball Game," 20 Dec. 2018 Get the otak otak: fish custard perked up with kaffir lime and chili, all steamed in a banana leaf. Fuchsia Dunlop, Condé Nast Traveler, "Penang is Asia's Next Great Foodie City," 15 Nov. 2018 By the end of his dad's talk, Bryce is clearly perked up and walks back onto the court with his head up. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "LeBron James Gives Son Bryce a Heartwarming Pep Talk During a Basketball Game," 20 Dec. 2018 Watch how his small but impactful acts have helped perk up New Orleans—and get inspired to do more for your neighborhood! Stacia Affelt, Country Living, "How Anyone Can Make a Difference in Their Local Community," 6 Nov. 2018 While productivity has perked up some in the past six months, gains in output per worker have been weak during most of the current expansion. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Wages Rise at Fastest Rate in Nearly a Decade as Hiring Jumps," 2 Nov. 2018 With the ruling potentially having far-reaching effects outside of California, big coffee makers such as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts perked up and were planning lengthy appeals. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have “gone seriously wrong”," 16 Aug. 2018 My dog perks up in the passenger seat, tongue lolling out of her mouth, head cocked. Tyler Malone,, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

High-end accommodations and cuisine also top off the lengthy perks list. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "A "Golden Girls" Cruise Is in the Works, So Renew Your Passport Immediately," 19 Feb. 2019 President Jair Bolsonaro, inaugurated Jan 1, is expected to send a bill to Congress next week amending the constitution to eliminate perks allowing many Brazilians, particularly in public service, to retire in their mid-50s. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Says New Government Ready to Help Venezuela, Approve Pension Reform," 14 Feb. 2019 On top of the enviable travel perks, adventure nannies can make serious cash, too. Cristina Goyanes, Marie Claire, "The Coolest Six-Figure Job You Never Thought You Wanted: Nannying," 14 Jan. 2019 Just like in Street Fighter, Ken and Ryu have largely identical move sets with subtle differences in animations, speed, power, and specific perks. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 The new Razer Blade 15 has one more perk: a Gigabit Ethernet port for those who prefer to plug in. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable," 10 Oct. 2018 Providing 24-hour access to a workplace with comfy perks might just encourage us to work more. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Amazon Prime Price: $119 per year Amazon Prime Video is one big perk found in the larger Prime subscription package. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 And with its annual Prime membership of $119, Amazon customers receive two-day shipping, along with other perks like movie and music streaming services. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Target offers two-day shipping with no minimums for holiday," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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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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