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

Noun the salary's not great, but the perks make up for it
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb See more cleaning tips Streak-free glass cleaner and shower cleaner to remove soap scum perk up the bathroom. oregonlive, "Eco-friendly products and the tools you’ll need to make spring cleaning a breeze," 18 Mar. 2021 The chicken filling is both juicy and intriguingly complex, with just enough chile heat to perk up each bite. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Chicago’s egg roll boom is fueled by Black restaurateurs, who fill the Chinese American snack with everything from jerk chicken to Italian beef," 23 Feb. 2021 Weed beds on spring creeks and those exposed to afternoon sunshine usually perk up first. Frank Sargeant, al, "Rattlebait Time on Alabama Lakes," 30 Dec. 2020 For decades, cities large and small have turned to gleaming convention centers and cavernous expo halls to revitalize downtown neighborhoods and perk up local economies. New York Times, "Nobody Is Going to Conventions. Convention Centers Are Growing Anyway.," 2 Dec. 2020 Know that massage or exfoliation are holistic routes that perk up your face overall, rather than quickly targeting specific lines. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Rid of Laugh Lines With Five Expert-Approved Tips," 27 Nov. 2020 Recipes Included Even though real BBQ magic happens over hot coals, a gift pack of hot sauces can perk up any recipe or add a nice touch of variety to serving and presentation. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons to Create Your Own Barbecue Spices and Sauces," 1 Dec. 2020 To be versatile, the wines have to be fruity and flavorful, with not too much oak, tannin, or alcohol and enough juicy acidity to cut through richness and perk up your taste buds. Elin Mccoy,, "Toast Your Thanksgiving With a Rosé From Texas or a Vermont Red," 19 Nov. 2020 Tuesday’s election results had to perk up Sen. Rob Portman, whose term ends in two years. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Would Democrats register as Republican to block Jim Jordan in a primary challenge to Gov. Mike DeWine? This Week in the CLE," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the teenagers also acknowledged that they were drawn by another perk for enrolling in the trial: payments totaling about $1,600. Los Angeles Times, "Children are the next frontier in the U.S. vaccination campaign against coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2021 The Wisconsin Center was filled with people that day, most of us over 65 and enjoying a rare perk of advancing age. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: With COVID-19 vaccination expanding, 'normal' could return with blinding speed," 31 Mar. 2021 The bar will have prosecco on tap, a bubbly perk that isn’t available at many Dallas-area restaurants. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Collin County family opening third restaurant in downtown Plano, Urban Seafood," 29 Mar. 2021 The biggest perk of all, of course, is owning a piece of history. New York Times, "Buy This Column on the Blockchain!," 24 Mar. 2021 Easily the best perk, however, was the sheer convenience of a single-shot vaccine. Christopher Jones, STAT, "‘You work your butt off’: Inside the scramble to bring Covid-19 vaccines to homebound Americans," 23 Mar. 2021 Like its personal counterpart, the most notable perk of the Delta Reserve Business Amex is complimentary Delta Sky Club and Amex Centurion Lounge access when flying on a same-day Delta flight. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "These are the best credit cards for Delta flyers," 17 Mar. 2021 And the $1,400 checks going to most Americans as part of the relief bill should help spending perk up in the weeks ahead., "Unemployment claims drop to a pandemic low as reopenings offer hope," 25 Mar. 2021 One perk for wine connoisseurs: you'll be paid $10,000 a month just for loving wine. Alison Medley, Chron, "This winery will pay you $10,000 a month to live rent-free in wine country," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Perk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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