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

Registration fees are $80 for the public, $70 for Compass Pointe perks members and $60 for members. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "U.S. wins women’s U19 world lacrosse title, beating Canada, 13-3," 10 Aug. 2019 But as economies perked up, central banks changed course. The Economist, "As yields turn negative, investors are having to pay for safety," 8 Aug. 2019 The warm octopus with fresh mozzarella—at first, a dubious pairing—works because the spongy textures of both are perked up by the lemon vinaigrette on which they are nestled. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Jean-Georges’s Revisionist Tweaks at the Fulton," 19 July 2019 However, a few spots at the end, including Becky Lynch taking an End of Days from Baron Corbin, perked the crowd up. Aaron Oster,, "Brock Lesnar cashes in at ‘Extreme Rules’ to become Universal Champion again," 15 July 2019 As the machines maneuvered behind the tuba and trumpet players, Ian perked up. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 After a long stretch of headlines about stubbornly low wage growth, pay has perked up as the unemployment rate has dipped to levels not seen since the dot-com boom. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "Paychecks Are Getting Bigger. Don’t Get Too Used to It.," 27 Feb. 2018 Regulators, mainly in Europe but also in the U.S., perked up. Washington Post, "More to come: FTC fine doesn’t spell closure for Facebook," 13 July 2019 Further Reading New YouTube Music Premium costs $9.99 monthly, add $2 to get all Red perksAmazon Unlimited Music is still smaller than its biggest competitors. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Amazon Music Unlimited is growing faster than Apple Music or Spotify, report says," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And as a reminder, PlayStation Plus memberships are required for online access with most PS4 games and include two free monthly games, as well as various PlayStation Store discounts, as perks. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Grab another year of PlayStation Plus for $40," 6 Aug. 2019 Spotify Premium has been added as a perk for AT&T customers who subscribe to the carrier’s Unlimited & More plan. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "AT&T Unlimited subscribers can get six months of Spotify Premium for free," 5 Aug. 2019 Employee cafeterias have become a hallmark of the tech industry, where companies like Uber, Lyft, Square and Google use free food as an attractive workplace perk. Trisha Thadani,, "Controversial crackdown on employee cafeterias moves closer to a vote," 22 July 2019 At large firms, personal use of the corporate jet is listed as a perk. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Union-Tribune calculates CEO pay differently than most, and here’s the reason why," 14 July 2019 These flex days started as a summer-time perk, but were so popular that they were extended year-round, said Pullar. Susan Glaser,, "Mental health day off? Company culture is changing: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 As an extra perk, staff enjoys entry to local events such as Barret Jackson, WM Phoenix Open and horse shows. 13. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019 WeWork previously offered an unlimited beer on tap as a perk to people renting its co-working spaces. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the 'sober curious'," 8 June 2019 The programs, many of which were adopted in the past four years, offer debt forgiveness as a perk of relocating. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "States Tempt Recent College Graduates With Student-Loan Payoffs," 20 Apr. 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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not constant or steady

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