\ˈpər-kē \
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 \ adverb
perkiness \ˈpər-kē-nəs \ 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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But inspiration comes from unexpected sources — even an ancient Greek muse disguised as a perky Australian roller skater. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Xanadu' glitters with goofiness at the Garden," 7 July 2018 Just as in the original picture, the Bear’s perky personality leapt off the page. New York Times, "A Sip of Wine, a Palette of Paint — and Thou," 24 May 2018 The chilled avocado and yogurt part is a tangy and creamy soup with a gorgeous mint-green color and a rich-but-perky flavor to match. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 That should be a perky wake-up for anyone who’s gotten a little sleepy on the park’s big iron swings. Michael Klein,, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Small overhangs push the vehicle’s massive wheels to the corners, and flowing lines stretch from the perky front fenders to the arching rear haunches. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "The Jaguar I-PACE and the Juiced-Up Future of Going Off-Road," 25 June 2018 Janine seems perky and joyous to be out of the colonies. Rena Gross, Billboard, "12 Big Revelations From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 7," 30 May 2018 William Wasp is a slimy timeshare salesman and perky Tina Termite wants to start a book club. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: Buggin' Out: A Small Musical - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Like a desert oasis in the cold tundra of your fridge, the crisper drawer is the perfect dry environment to keep your salad greens perky. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Keep Your Salad Greens Fresh," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of perky

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of perky was in 1820

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English Language Learners Definition of perky

: lively in manner or appearance


\ˈpər-kē \
perkier; perkiest

Kids Definition of perky

: being lively and cheerful

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evasion of direct action or statement

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