perkier; perkiest
: briskly self-assured : cocky
: jaunty
a perky … waltzNew Yorker
perkily adverb
perkiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perky was in 1820

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“Perky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


perkier; perkiest
: being lively and cheerful
perkiness noun

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