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

There were no specifics provided regarding community perks the company has promised to Arlington County, Virginia, its other new headquarters location. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "HQ2: What’s in it for New York, Virginia sites? Amazon lays out some perks," 13 Nov. 2018 Glitter twinkled on her cheeks, and her ears perked up as friends called her name. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These Marbleized Lips at Eckhaus Latta Are About to Become an Art-Punk Beauty Obsession," 8 Sep. 2018 Maybe things will perk up when summer arrives, but probably not enough to matter. Paul Sullivan,, "Dreadful White Sox start tough on everyone, especially the 'Chairman'," 18 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

North America will be the first area to experience this perk, but Amazon will have a global roll out eventually. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Amazon is Planning to Move From 2-Day Shipping to 1-Day Shipping and I Can’t Handle It," 26 Apr. 2019 The third option costs $199.99 annually, which has the same perks as the others but is the most cost effective for die-hards. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "What I Learned From Having an On-Call Astrologer for a Week," 1 Apr. 2019 The wide, stretchy strap makes for easy-on, easy-off access (just another perk for parents who might enjoy laying in a cute float with their kids in the pool instead of helping a crying child put on their goggles outside the pool). Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "These Goggles Won't Pull Your Hair — and They are Selling Out FAST," 20 Mar. 2019 Faced with record-low unemployment and rising wages in other industries, retailers began their annual push for holiday workers earlier than ever, raising pay and offering perks such as profit-sharing and paid time off for part-time associates. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Apple Watch and AirPods escape Trump’s list of China tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 Another notable perk of this workout is that all of the moves can be easily progressed or regressed. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This 4-Move Workout Works Your Whole Body—and All You Need Is a Step," 19 Apr. 2019 Residents will also get all the perks of a luxury condo building: A partnership with the neighboring Superior Ink complex (also designed by Robert A. M. Stern) includes access to amenities like a concierge, gym, screening room and garage. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Marc Jacobs Is Selling His NYC Townhouse for $16 Million," 18 Apr. 2019 Together, the stars dish on everything from red carpet nightmares and strange fan interactions to the perks of being an international superstar. Vogue, "Hollywood, Nollywood, Bollywood Squared," 14 Mar. 2019 Taken together, the changes diminish significantly the perks of homeownership built into the tax code. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Housing Market," 15 Feb. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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