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

Definition of perky

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

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 The years in between saw McCurdy perform a high-wire act of people-pleasing and silent suffering, while projecting a perky demeanor for the world. Ashley Spencer, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 The film followed a perky sorority sister attempting to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree from Harvard University while remaining relentlessly upbeat. Zack Sharf, Variety, 1 Aug. 2022 And these features are shared by most of the country's virtual influencers; Lucy has perfect skin, long glossy hair, a slender jaw and a perky nose. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 30 July 2022 Pit removal is the dark side of the peach, a fruit otherwise synonymous with all things bright and perky. Ella Quittner, Bon Appétit, 16 July 2022 The wine is light with perky acidity and rolling, suave tannins. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Blair’s older sisters got cute, perky names: Mimi, Katie and Lizzie. Jennifer Larue, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 There are little blurred blobs in place of her undoubtedly perky boobs. Sanjena Sathian, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 But behind the perky pop and pearly whites, there is a compelling internal struggle that clearly resonated with this good-sized crowd of teens and college kids. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of perky

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Perky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of perky

: being lively and cheerful

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