verb (1)
\ˈpərk \
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

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There’s chicken-pickin’, fancy double-stop solos, and crazy dive-bomb bends to keep your ears perked up. John Adamian,, "Scott Metzger's WOLF! To Perform At StageOne," 26 May 2018 Read More These Charlotte stocks were the biggest winners and losers in 2017 Best perks Each year, proxy filings also reveal what perks CEOs receive as part of the pay. Rick Rothacker And Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's how much Charlotte CEOs made in 2017 — and their best perks | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Just add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to perk them up. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Perfect Pie for Less-Than-Perfect Berries," 29 June 2018 All the while, lawmakers have tried in earnest to return to work, often with ears perked for the thud of another dropping shoe. Matt Stout,, "Amid scandals, future of Mass. Senate leadership still uncertain," 31 Mar. 2018 Students from a local architectural school are hoping Lemon Grove residents will help them perk up the downtown Promenade Park. Karen Pearlman,, "Architecture students hope to freshen Lemon Grove park," 11 July 2018 With Offred/June beginning to perk up following her zombie phase in episodes 4 and 5, the first six episodes of Season two have led in a circle to the restoration of the Waterford household status quo. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 6 Recap - 12 Haunting Moments From 'First Blood'," 23 May 2018 Some might perk up at the idea of a lightweight yet durable tablet with a 2048×1536 display and a built-in Wacom stylus running Chrome OS, but this device (like many other Chrome OS devices) will only be sold in the education market. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 However, Nigeria perked up in the second period and got themselves back in the game through Iwobi., "England 2-1 Nigeria: Three Lions Best Super Eagles Thanks to Kane & Cahill Strikes," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Above all, Carey said, in comparison with making bookings online, travelers appreciate the perks of working with agents, especially when plans clash with the realities of life. Rachel Siegel,, "'The Internet doesn't call you back:' AAA's case for more human travel agents," 6 July 2018 Leave Openings In Your Schedule Doing shift work (in a retail or restaurant job for example) can come with the perk of great tips and semi-flexible scheduling., "How To Launch A Successful Job Search When You're Already Employed," 5 July 2018 But Aukey does have the perk of a VGA port, which is somewhat of an anomaly among USB-C travel hubs. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Picking the right Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C dock for your desk," 3 July 2018 Yet Malone had something of a time-to-make-the-doughnuts look on his fuzzy face as each of these guys went about his business — another perk of the job that was beginning to feel like a concession. Mikael Wood,, "Post Malone was hip-hop's saddest champion at the Hollywood Bowl," 28 June 2018 Indeed, camaraderie and the ability to make your own schedule are often cited as the main perks of the job. NBC News, "London's cabbies ask for 'fair competition' as court rules on Uber," 27 June 2018 But the mayor hasn’t surrendered every perk of the office. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers mayor removed from office, but it's his choice," 25 June 2018 Earlier this month the perk was extended to Whole Foods in 10 additional states. Ryan Suppe, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime discount coming to all Whole Foods," 25 June 2018 Arranged in eight neat rows, 32 orange-tree planters bear quotes from L.A. locals about the perks of divvying things up. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "How One Nonprofit Is Transforming L.A. Parks into Edible Hangouts," 20 June 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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Phrases Related to perk

perk (up) one's ears

perk up

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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 \
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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