Definitions for PERKpɜrk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to become lively, cheerful, vigorous, etc., again, as after decline or neglect (usu. fol. by up).

  2. to act, or carry oneself, in a jaunty manner.

  3. (v.t.)to enhance or enliven (often fol. by up):

    to perk up a suit with a new blouse.

  4. to raise smartly or briskly (often fol. by up):

    to perk one's head up.

Origin of perk:

1350–1400; perh. akin to peer2

perkpɜrk(v.i; v.t.)

  1. to percolate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of perk:

1930–35, Amer.; by shortening and resp.


  1. perquisite.

    Category: Informal

Origin of perk:

1815–25; by shortening and resp.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fringe benefit, perquisite, perk(verb)

    an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)

    "a limousine is one of the fringe benefits of the job"

  2. perk up, perk, percolate, pick up, gain vigor(verb)

    gain or regain energy

    "I picked up after a nap"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. perk(noun)ɜrk

    an advantage given to you by your employer

    A company car is one of the perks of the job.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perk(verb)

    to make trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; to make a jaunty or saucy display of; as, to perk the ears; to perk up one's head

  2. Perk(verb)

    to exalt one's self; to bear one's self loftily

  3. Perk(adj)

    smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain

  4. Perk(verb)

    to peer; to look inquisitively

Translations for PERK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to recover one's energy or cheerfulness

I gave her a cup of tea and she soon perked up.

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