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

Shortly after the draft, one member of the coaching staff perked up when discussing Windler’s shooting prowess. Chris Fedor,, "John Beilein gushes about Dylan Windler following Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league debut: ‘He’s going to make everybody better’," 2 July 2019 When all else fails, a road trip can perk up the flagging spirits. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: Bad spring ends on high note," 10 June 2019 Because of that, interest has perked up abroad - and the Mirror claim that Fenerbahce are keen to snatch him away from the London Stadium., "Lanzini Interest, Adrian's Emotional Farewell & Rice Eyeing England Glory: West Ham News Roundup," 5 June 2019 Good smells and moisturized skin are two things that make everybody happy, and facial sprays will perk up your nose and your skin. Bon Appétit, "Daily Rewards Are a Necessary Pleasure," 17 June 2019 Add $200 per night for Grand Club perks including VIP lounge and private sundeck. Necee Regis,, "Check In: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun," 12 June 2019 Mortgage applications to buy a home also perked up, increasing 10% after several weeks of lackluster showings as house shoppers finally responded to falling rates. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Mortgage applications surge on refinances as as rates hit 21-month low," 12 June 2019 Because who else perks up more than McGregor when a fight is named? Charlotte Carroll,, "Conor McGregor Offers to Host Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise Bout," 9 June 2019 Tesla’s sales of its Model 3 perked up in the U.S. in May, according to estimates from the website InsideEVs, after a round of price cuts. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla Model 3 sales rise in May, but demand still hasn’t fully recovered," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The employees here enjoy tech-industry perks like unlimited coffee, gourmet lunch options and 24-hour dry-cleaning service. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Telemundo, Presidential Debate Under Its Belt, Moves Into 2020 Spotlight," 4 July 2019 Being in a larger space surrounded by supportive small-business owners are perks Coury appreciates. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "‘Profit-with-a-purpose’ Churchill thrives in downtown Phoenix," 4 July 2019 The extensive renovation includes a remodel of all the complex’s 236 units, a brand new clubhouse and perks like a Yoga studio and workout classes. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Zócalo Apartments hosts artist-in-residence program," 2 July 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now LifeMix turns any mundane task into an ASMR enthusiast’s dream, and is one of the Dimension’s most interesting perks. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "We Tried Dolby's $600 Dimension Headphones. Are They Worth the Massive Price Tag?," 2 July 2019 While children across the nation welcome a seasonal vacation and the perks that come with it, those living in Chicago’s most pernicious neighborhoods understand that a reprieve from school can often mean higher exposure to violence. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Rapper Vic Mensa Is Training Chicago Students To Be Street Medics," 2 July 2019 Dog lovers will enjoy a new perk offered at the Ingleside Hotel in Waukesha. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Need a place to stay with your pet? Ingleside Hotel in Waukesha is now dog friendly.," 2 July 2019 Holmstén’s only observable office perk is the ability to spin his chair around and gaze at the looming Freedom Tower through floor-to-ceiling windows. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 The perks on airline cards have been enhanced in recent years to better compete with banks’ premium offerings. David Benoit, WSJ, "Sapphire Reserve Strains JPMorgan’s Ties With United Airlines," 27 June 2019

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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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