\ 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 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 And perk up your skin too In addition to their anti-inflammatory antioxidants, peaches have beta carotene and vitamin C to support healthy skin. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "8 Health Benefits of Peaches," 7 Aug. 2019 Well, that news is exciting enough to make anyone perk right up! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Starbucks Open on Thanksgiving? Here Are Their Turkey Day Hours," 2 Aug. 2019 Inside the auditorium at Texas Southern University, hundreds of people perked up as the candidates hit on issues that resonated with them. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "From sea to sky, Democratic debate overtakes Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Financial services sector perks up on further opening-up, promising to stabilize China’s economic growth. Fox News, "Washington Post publishes special advertising section pushing 'propaganda' for communist China," 30 Aug. 2019 When Ikea teased a collaboration with sound giant Sonos at its Democratic Design Days last year, both audiophiles and design obsessives perked their ears. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Just How Good Is the Ikea Sonos Speaker?," 30 July 2019 But there must be elements of their stories that made your ears perk up, right? Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Three Women makes true stories of women, sex, and desire read like a novel," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On its face, an Oval Office visit would seem more perk than substance for a foreign dignitary. Washington Post, "Location, location: Why Ukraine leader aimed for Oval Office," 7 Nov. 2019 Passengers who board early and are holding a holiday cup don't get any additional perks. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Alaska Airlines will give you priority boarding if you're holding a Starbucks holiday cup," 6 Nov. 2019 Not surprisingly, Mars Petcare is all about pet perks. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!," 4 Nov. 2019 One perk of the job: Susan gets to test ride new roller coasters at Cedar Point and other amusement parks. Plain Dealer Staff, cleveland, "Meet The Plain Dealer’s Business team, Health Care team," 4 Nov. 2019 First class has the widest seats, the most seat incline and ample legroom and perks such as a closet to hang clothes. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "A United flight from Indianapolis to Chicago just got a lot cushier with new plane," 1 Nov. 2019 Being the Queen of the United Kingdom comes with more than a few perks. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has Someone to Break In Her Shoes For Her," 28 Oct. 2019 Unlike Apple with macOS and MacBooks, Google doesn't have a monopoly on Chrome OS, so the Pixelbook Go has to compete with a bunch of other Chromebooks that offer more features and perks at similar prices. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Pixelbook Go review: A cheaper Pixelbook does not come without compromises," 25 Oct. 2019 By that time, Wong had secured his place as one of the most influential leaders in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, with all attendant perks and indignities. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Joshua Wong’s Long Campaign for the Future of Hong Kong," 23 Oct. 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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12 Oct 2019

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The first known use of perk was in the 14th century

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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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