\ ˈpər-kē How to pronounce perky (audio) \
perkier; perkiest

Definition of perky

1 : briskly self-assured : cocky
2 : jaunty a perky … waltzNew Yorker

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Other Words from perky

perkily \ ˈpər-​kə-​lē How to pronounce perkily (audio) \ adverb
perkiness \ ˈpər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce perkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of perky in a Sentence

He hasn't been his perky self lately. She drove around in a perky little car.
Recent Examples on the Web Richie looked tan and toned while sporting a white cut-out one-piece and her hair half up in a perky ponytail. Georgia Slater,, "Sofia Richie Poses for a Sexy Swimsuit Photo Shoot in Revealing One-Piece," 15 Nov. 2019 Thematically, The Politician will no doubt inspire comparisons with Alexander Payne’s Election, in which Reese Witherspoon played a similarly perky, Machiavellian teen for pitch-black laughs. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "How The Politician’s Ruthless Satire Misses," 27 Sep. 2019 To say that payment company valuations are perky is an understatement. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Stripe’s soaring valuation shows money is still pouring into tech unicorns," 19 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, shopping for suits that keep the twins perky and well-secured can be an actual nightmare. Teen Vogue, "These Bathing Suits Are Perfect For The Big Boob Crew," 20 June 2019 Look out, because these perky pumpkins are looking back! Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Pumpkins with Personality," 9 Sep. 2019 Overnight, the roots catch up and the leaves get perky again. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "September gardening: 22 things to do this month," 5 Sep. 2019 Mainly defined by not having underwires, the bralette is that anomaly: an easygoing bra, leaving the breasts, whether perky, upturned, down-turned, wayward, jiggling, floppy or sagging, in their natural shape. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "The Bralette Is Back. This Time Blouses Are Optional.," 31 July 2019 The role suits Dunst’s perky intensity, calling back to her turns in Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous, and grounds polemic from first-time creators Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky in a smart, mostly sympathetic protagonist. Judy Berman, Time, "On Becoming a God in Central Florida," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of perky

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Nov 2019

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“Perky.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce perky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of perky

informal : lively in manner or appearance


\ ˈpər-kē How to pronounce perky (audio) \
perkier; perkiest

Kids Definition of perky

: being lively and cheerful

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