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

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 However, when Google comes out fighting with a statement that there's 'no place like Chrome' for getting things done, and done securely, on your iPhone, my ears perk up a little. Davey Winder, Forbes, 24 June 2022 At Hall of Fame, a sportswear and fashion store, one employee is not interested in the show, but another’s ears perk up. Nate Rogers, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 The underpinnings of a new bull market can’t be laid until people are so convinced that stocks can’t rise that the market finally begins to perk up. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 19 May 2022 That should help turn the heads of ticketbuyers — enough to perk up those sagging sales figures, although not necessarily enough to significantly extend the musical’s lifespan. Gordon Cox, Variety, 9 May 2022 It’s filled with enriching ingredients that work to perk up your eye area. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Make it with granulated sugar or agave nectar, and feel free to blend in fresh herbs such as basil or mint to perk up the flavor profile. Casey Barber, CNN, 9 May 2022 So when a four-time world driving champion drops a casual reference, ears perk up. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 And when Oprah publicly declares her love for a brand, our ears immediately perk up. Claire Harmeyer,, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That perk in 2018 was said to be worth about $130,000. Marc Weiszer, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 Experts agree that a siesta can be a great heatwave perk, but warn that those interested in taking one shouldn’t plan to nap for the entire 2-hour period. Christine Mui, Fortune, 30 July 2022 This perk ended with new Pixels starting from June 1, 2021. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 22 July 2022 After dropping HBO Max as a bundle perk for new unlimited mobile phone plans following AT&T’s sale of WarnerMedia to Discovery, the telecom giant is eyeing possibly rebundling the streaming service as a promotion to draw new customers. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 July 2022 Prime members can use this new perk in more than 4,000 cities with hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the country when ordering on Grubhub. Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 July 2022 How has remote work changed the employee perk industry? Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 22 July 2022 Cardholders can score an Enthusiast level membership as a credit card perk, which carries a value of $240. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Gamers who are also subscribed to Sony’s PlayStation Plus online service will earn additional points to spend in the PlayStation Store, a perk that non-subscribers will miss out on. Shannon Liao, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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“Perk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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