\ ˈpər-kē How to pronounce perky (audio) \
perkier; perkiest

Definition of perky

1 : briskly self-assured : cocky
2 : jaunty a perky … waltzNew Yorker

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from perky

perkily \ ˈpər-​kə-​lē How to pronounce perky (audio) \ adverb
perkiness \ ˈpər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce perky (audio) \ noun

Examples of perky in a Sentence

He hasn't been his perky self lately. She drove around in a perky little car.
Recent Examples on the Web Honey, a perky American Bulldog, pulled on a leash in her owner’s hand. oregonlive, "Dumptown: How Portland’s trash problem spiraled out of control," 12 Mar. 2021 With mint, cilantro, and feta added to the mix, every bite has a perky little surprise. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Wake up sleepy winter taste buds with carrot and beet salad bowls with citrus dressing," 23 Feb. 2021 Out today, the new nighttime formula is the perfect lightweight but ultra-hydrating cream to make your skin look perky and fresh. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna's New Fenty Skin Night Cream Is Here," 20 Oct. 2020 The pieces, which feel like a saucy accessory fit for a Bratz doll, come in perky hues like lavender, bubblegum pink, and cherry red, as well as in classic black and white. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "ForBitches Is the Sauciest Tiny Bag Label to Know," 24 Sep. 2020 In both Riverdale and Hustlers, Reinhart’s brought depth to a perky girl-next-door character, exploring the many facets of teenage girlhood., "Lili Reinhart’s Been Through Heartbreak. She Wants To Tell You About It.," 18 Aug. 2020 The show mines much of its comedy from the generation-gap dynamics between the gravelly bounty hunter and his perky pair of apprentices. Kristen Baldwin,, "What would Jesus do? Watch Teenage Bounty Hunters: Review," 14 Aug. 2020 Thousands of years of selective dog breeding has created a fantastic diversity of domestic canine companions, from the workaholic border collie to the perky Pomeranian. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian Magazine, "What a Crowdsourced Study Taught Us About How Dogs Learn," 31 July 2020 Whitcraft’s single-vineyard Chardonnays are all savory and spry, though the Pence Ranch has been particularly perky as of late. Matt Kettmann,, "Whitcraft Winery injects magic into urban winemaking," 23 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'perky.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of perky

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about perky

Statistics for perky

Last Updated

17 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Perky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for perky



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

More from Merriam-Webster on perky

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for perky

Nglish: Translation of perky for Spanish Speakers

Comments on perky

What made you want to look up perky? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!