Definition of perk up
- We perked up when we heard the good news.
- The good news perked everyone up.
- The new paint job really perked up the room.
- The dog's ears perked up.
- My ears perked up when I heard my name mentioned.
: 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 gain in vigor or cheerfulness especially after a period of weakness or depression
: in or into a higher position or level
: from beneath the ground or water to the surface
: from below the horizon
: risen above the horizon
: being out of bed
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
: one in a high or advantageous position
: an upward slope
: a period or state of prosperity or success
: 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
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