verb (used without object)
to become lively, cheerful, or vigorous, as after depression or sickness (usually followed by up):
The patients all perked up when we played the piano for them.
to act, or carry oneself, in a jaunty manner.
to put oneself forward briskly or presumptuously.
verb (used with object)
to make smart, trim, or jaunty (sometimes followed by up or out):
to perk up a suit with a new white blouse.
to raise smartly or briskly (often followed by up or out):
to perk one’s head up.
a perk manner.
pert; brisk; lively
See perk up
(intransitive) (of coffee) to percolate
(transitive) to percolate (coffee)
(Brit, informal) short for perquisite
late 14c., “to make oneself trim or smart,” perhaps from Old North French perquer “to perch” (Modern French percher; see perch (n.1)), on notion of a bird preening its plumage. Sense of “raise oneself briskly” is first attested 1520s; perk up “recover liveliness” is from 1650s. Related: Perked; perking.
1869, shortened and altered form of perquisite (q.v.); as a verb, 1934 as shortened and altered form of percolate.
Percolated coffee (1950s+)
To run smoothly and well; percolate: The project’s perking now (1925+)
Extra money, privileges, fringe benefits, etc, pertaining to a job or assignment: His men were delighted to be in Afghanistan, he said, mostly because of the perks
[1824+; fr perquisite]
[purk] /pɜrk/ verb (used without object) 1. to become lively, cheerful, or vigorous, as after depression or sickness (usually followed by up): The patients all perked up when we played the piano for them. 2. to act, or carry oneself, in a jaunty manner. 3. to put oneself forward briskly or presumptuously. verb (used with […]
[pur-kee] /ˈpɜr ki/ adjective, perkier, perkiest. 1. jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert. /ˈpɜːkɪ/ adjective perkier, perkiest 1. jaunty; lively 2. confident; spirited adj. 1820, from perk (v.) + -y (2). Of young women’s breasts since at least 1937. Related: Perkily; perkiness. adjective Energetic and jaunty; lively; chipper (1855+)
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