perk (up) one's ears

Definition of perk (up) one's ears

informal, chiefly US, of an animal

  1. :  to lift the ears in a quick or alert way The dog heard its name and perked (up) its ears . —often used figuratively of a person I perked up my ears when I heard his name mentioned.

Word by Word Definitions

perkplay
  1. :  to thrust up the head, stretch out the neck, or carry the body in a bold or insolent manner

    :  to stick up or out jauntily

    :  to make smart or spruce in appearance :  freshen, improve

  1. :  percolate

  1. :  perquisite

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

earplay ears
  1. :  the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

    :  any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

    :  the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. :  the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. :  to form ears in growing


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