\ 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 uphe'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
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

Noun the salary's not great, but the perks make up for it
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Denver is a bit seasonal until the market perks up around the end of January; but also remember, homes sell every day of the year. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: It might be an unwise investment strategy to sit and wait for home prices to drop, trying to buy low in the next cycle, since that could result in missed opportunities," 14 Nov. 2019 However, the bank’s net interest margin, which had perked up to 1.62% in the June quarter, has since declined to 1.56%. Andy Mukherjee And Nisha Gopalan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Winters Is Earning His StanChart Paycheck," 30 Oct. 2019 If that supplemental scoring doesn’t perk up here in the first month, look for a call to AHL Providence, with Anders Bjork No. 1 on the list, as possible relief. BostonGlobe.com, "However, the other three lines scored only twice (Ritchie and Danton Heinen) across 12 periods. One week is a tiny sample size, to be sure, but the tepid production served as a reminder that secondary scoring, a key to the Cup drive last spring, ultimately will have to be mined.," 12 Oct. 2019 Whenever Texans safety Tashaun Gipson is watching television and the topic of fantasy football is broached, his ears perk up. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans safety Tashaun Gipson takes fantasy football personally," 27 Sep. 2019 Stock trading, which had been lethargic, perked up. The Economist, "India’s government delights businesses by slashing corporate tax," 26 Sep. 2019 Regardless of who was speaking, most of the cats reacted in some way, moving their heads or perking up their ears when their names were spoken. Allen Kim, CNN, "Cats understand their names and are probably just choosing to ignore you, a study suggests," 8 Aug. 2019 Cheeks get a boost of color with the help of Tom Ford's sleek rosy blush duo, and brows are thoroughly perked and painted with Milk Makeup's latest long lasting brow gel. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "9 Tiny Beauty Products to Carry You Through New York Fashion Week (and Beyond!)," 4 Sep. 2019 Since eating the special food, Isenbarger said his dog has perked up and is walking more easily. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "New mobile pet food delivery service comes to The Woodlands area," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American's and Delta's more-legroom seats come with free drinks and other perks. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Michigan State: Live blog updates at noon," 16 Nov. 2019 The House hearings, the first of their kind in 20 years, center on the question of whether Trump used the aid and other perks as an incentive to help investigate his potential presidential rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Ukraine 'invisible' as impeachment hearings focus on Washington drama," 15 Nov. 2019 American's and Delta's more-legroom seats come with free drinks and other perks. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "8 things to do now to make Thanksgiving flights go more smoothly," 13 Nov. 2019 In 2015, the company launched a suite of apps for the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, which offered exclusive content and other perks for a small monthly fee. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, "Endeavor Taps Lloyd Braun to Oversee Representation (Exclusive)," 7 Nov. 2019 The five-star accommodation, gourmet cuisine and other perks on our campus are way over the top. The Economist, "The future of management education," 2 Nov. 2019 One of the most important perks other than food is our stock options. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How This Daughter of Immigrant Farmers Found Her Comms Job at Tyson," 24 Sep. 2019 The company doesn’t sell its original video programming on a per-unit basis; it’s available, along with a laundry list of other perks, to anyone who subscribes for $119 a year to Amazon Prime. Blake Montgomery, The Atlantic, "The Amazon Publishing Juggernaut," 8 Aug. 2019 Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015 as a way to lure new Prime members, who pay monthly or yearly fees in exchange for shipping discounts and other perks like video streaming. Author: Spencer Soper, Anchorage Daily News, "Amazon shoppers snatch up deals on potato chips and toilet paper," 16 July 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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The first known use of perk was in the 14th century

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Perk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perk?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=perk0001. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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