\ 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 First, perk up your complexion and enhance your natural radiance by exfoliating. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Dolphin Skin Is Summer’s Glowiest Skin Trend, and I Tried It," 30 July 2020 There’s also no guarantee that the economy will perk back up as the city and state continue to reopen, Reich said. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Tough budget talks ahead for Dallas officials as calls to defund police grow louder," 18 June 2020 Fresh herbs perk up a salad and can be added to salad dressing for even more flavor. oregonlive, "How to grow herbs indoors to spice up your cooking," 9 June 2020 Even high, Winston's ears perk up at the admission of wrongdoings. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 So will the Baltimore Ravens, who perk up a three-game Thanksgiving slate loaded with entertaining quarterbacks but lacking in interesting matchups. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "the N.F.L.’s 2020 regular-season schedule," 7 May 2020 Ours combines tangy lime juice with sweet-sour rice vinegar and soy sauce for a delicious, zesty dunker that perks up the crunchy vegetable appetizer. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Rolls," 10 Apr. 2020 One of my favorite fall dishes is a carrot, parsnip and sweet potato tagine, perked up with ginger and lots of soft onions. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Root, root, root for rutabaga, turnips and those other unappreciated vegetables," 8 Nov. 2019 The Onondaga tribe, among others from the Northeastern United States, would have been able to serve them with forest berries, perking up the rich, dark meat with color and flavor. New York Times, "Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is an excerpt from Fortune Analytics, an exclusive newsletter that Fortune Premium subscribers receive as a perk of their subscription. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Gen Z is struggling to be productive working from home," 1 Aug. 2020 Once considered a niche perk, the four-day work week is slowly but surely gaining traction in the United States. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "The four-day work week is suddenly catching on," 12 July 2020 It was followed by a clothing store notifying me that a perk was about to fade. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Scott Burns: As our world changes, our money habits will, too," 11 July 2020 This is an excerpt from Fortune Analytics, an exclusive newsletter that Fortune Premium subscribers receive as a perk of their subscription. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Do you trust Big Tech with your personal health data?," 10 July 2020 Here’s a major perk for boating enthusiasts: Naples Bay Resort & Marina has daily boat rentals available for both day-trip visitors and guests staying at the on-site hotel. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Naples, Florida," 6 July 2020 Southwest Airlines — known for its great flight deals, generous Rapid Rewards program, and Companion Pass perk — won the top spot this year as the domestic airline with the best customer service, according to our readers. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "The 5 U.S. Airlines With the Best Customer Service, According to T+L Readers," 8 July 2020 This is an excerpt from Fortune Analytics, an exclusive newsletter that Fortune Premium subscribers receive as a perk of their subscription. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "The DoJ may bring an antitrust suit against Google. But are Americans ready to break up Big Tech?," 6 July 2020 So many researchers speculate that longevity may be another perk of the animals’ tolerating the oxidative damage of flight. Rachel Ehrenberg, Ars Technica, "The bat-virus détente," 3 July 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perk. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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