\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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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 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

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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

: lively in manner or appearance


\ˈpər-kē \
perkier; perkiest

Kids Definition of perky

: being lively and cheerful

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