\ ˈpər-kē How to pronounce perky (audio) \
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 How to pronounce perkily (audio) \ adverb
perkiness \ ˈpər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce perkiness (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 perky feminine-coded personas of virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa divert us from considering the risks of allowing large corporations to record in our intimate spaces. Tom Simonite, Wired, "As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?," 19 May 2020 Seeing the perky 20-something with hair long enough to make several layers of mistakes on the video screen should have been a clue. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Stay at home, cut your hair, start a compost bin: Valley Views," 20 Apr. 2020 In each formulaic episode, perky Goopers team up and go about their less-than-rigorous research. Polly Mosendz,, "Pseudoscience and Sobbing: The Goop Lab on Netflix, Reviewed," 16 Jan. 2020 Koshari is a cozy pile of warm carbs—traditionally, cooked rice, lentils, macaroni, and chickpeas, all mixed together—smothered in perky tomato sauce and buried in fried shallots. Sohla El-waylly, Bon Appétit, "Koshari Is the Cozy Pile of Carbs I Make to Clean Out the Fridge," 20 Apr. 2020 Magnus is commendable — vigorous, perky and a strong rose-pink color. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "It’s time to plan the new season’s garden, and it pays to be picky," 11 Mar. 2020 The presiding officers, dressed as show girls proud of their perky décolletage, paid homage to their Madam Butterfly, Emblem Bailey, who was radiant in a glittering mauve gown. al, "Masked Observer all-in with Incas and Butterfly Maidens," 21 Feb. 2020 Sure, Glossier’s mascara isn’t extreme but gives me a clean lash look — my fine lashes look perky, retain their nice Nike-swoosh-like curl (post eyelash curler). Plus, thanks to its tubular formula, no smudging or spider lash issues! The Cut, "5 Women Road-Test Glossier’s New Mascara," 10 May 2018 Some moisture will keep produce perky; too much moisture can promote mold or mushiness. Caroline Lange, Bon Appétit, "10 Tips For Keeping Produce Fresh Until Your Next Trip to the Grocery Store," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of perky

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2020

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“Perky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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

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