\ 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.

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Vampire Weekend was initially a blog band of the mid-00s, an indie outfit of Ivy Leaguers who took Paul Simon’s Graceland as a template in making unabashedly collegiate perky pop songs that drew from a world of musical influences. Dan Deluca,, "The summer’s biggest concerts in Philadelphia, from the Rolling Stones to Made in America," 5 June 2019 One girls tears up thinking about the pressure to present herself as beautiful and perky on social media and in her dating-profile pictures. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Swiped, a New Documentary About Dating Apps, Tells Us We’re Screwed," 7 Sep. 2018 According to Heloise, adding sugar, Sprite, or aspirin to the water doesn't do anything to help your tree stay perky. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Real Christmas Tree Last Longer," 8 Dec. 2015 In addition, Tatiana Maslany, who plays Ms. Dunaway’s part, looks and sounds just like a perky, opportunistic millennial, which couldn’t be more wrong for the period in which the play purports to be set. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Network’ and ‘The Cher Show’ Reviews: Broadway’s Recycling Bin," 6 Dec. 2018 Betty still has her uniform of saccharine colors and a perky ponytail, but this version has a lot more agency. Annina Mislin, Glamour, "You Don't Know the Real Lili Reinhart," 12 Sep. 2018 John Keene’s girlfriend, Ashley, is a perky cheerleader whose aggressively cheerful energy feels just a little off. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camille Reckons with the Ghosts of Her Recent Past in Sharp Objects Episode 3," 23 July 2018 Nestled amid the verdant landscape of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, the house’s sober porticoed exterior gives no indication of what lies inside: a zesty explosion of hues that range from rich purple to perky yellow. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 Kyle Patterson’s ever affable Alberto, Molly Clementz’s perky Doralice, Phil Meyer’s hilarious Anselmo and Jessie Shulman’s sagaciously flirtatious Madama la Rose all convinced. Mark Swed,, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of perky

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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