\ ˈpərk How to pronounce perk (audio) \
perked; perking; perks

Definition of perk

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intransitive verb

1a : to thrust up the head, stretch out the neck, or carry the body in a bold or insolent manner
b : to stick up or out jauntily
2 : to gain in vigor or cheerfulness especially after a period of weakness or depression usually used with uphe's perked up noticeably

transitive verb

1 : to make smart or spruce in appearance : freshen, improve often used with up
2 : to thrust up quickly or impudently
perked; perking; perks

Definition of perk (Entry 2 of 3)



Definition of perk (Entry 3 of 3)

: perquisite usually used in plural

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Examples of perk in a Sentence

Noun the salary's not great, but the perks make up for it
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our guide, Gils — lanky, dark-featured, serene — drifts meditatively, perking up only at the appearance of a school of small skipjack tuna. John Briley, Washington Post, "Diving into the tranquility of Tahiti," 21 Feb. 2020 But when those drivers are GM engineers spinning the wheels of two new prototype 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingrays in the car's home town, then our ears perk up a bit. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Cops Nab 2 GM Engineers Driving 100+ MPH In Chevy Corvettes," 12 Jan. 2020 Health policy experts are skeptical: Healthcare industry experts’ ears perked up Thursday but said Newsom’s plan may not have much of an impact on prices. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: Democrats want FDA to have more drug recall power," 10 Jan. 2020 Crappie fishing may perk up first after the runoff slows, with good action typically found at Weiss Lake on the channel edges from January through February, according to guide Mark Collins, who specializes in these tasty panfish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What will rising water do to bass bite?," 3 Jan. 2020 The 2020 opening of Xigera, Red Carnation’s flagship safari enclave, is also perking up many an antenna. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Perhaps Betelgeuse will perk back up in a matter of weeks. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Giant Star Is Dimming, Which Could Be a Sign It Is About to Explode," 27 Dec. 2019 As head of the new media conglomerate, Bakish is looking to perk up investor interest after lackluster response to the merger of the two companies. But the silver lining is that the Fed’s efforts are showing up in recent housing data, including the latest construction spending report, with activity continuing to perk up after several sluggish quarters. Conor Sen, Houston Chronicle, "Housing might rescue the economy from Trump’s trade war," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But now, the device is taking its wellness perks to a new level. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Want To Make Money As You Work Out? Try Apple Watch’s New Program," 23 Jan. 2020 And to be sure, even the G-Leaguers get their perks. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "For some Spurs, travel isn’t a luxury," 23 Jan. 2020 That’s to allow the San Francisco Zoo its traditional fund-raising perk of allowing donors to name new arrivals. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF Zoo’s new koala needs a name. Contest will raise money for his relatives Down Under," 17 Jan. 2020 Her larger perk via the makeup retirement benefit was based on her larger pension, which, in turn, was based on her larger salary. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Great Lakes Water Authority manager says she was fired days after calling out CEO perks," 16 Jan. 2020 Also, instead of rewarding loyalty, travel companies are giving their best perks to the big spenders. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Here's how to leave your airline or hotel loyalty program – and what you can do instead," 21 Dec. 2019 Fans pay for a monthly subscription to watch Fisher’s streams without advertisements and for some other perks. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "To All the Boys' Jordan Fisher Is Redefining What It Means to Be a Teen Heartthrob," 13 Feb. 2020 The couple had been separated for some time, but had never formally divorced, and a court had ruled that Lipolelo should keep the benefits and perks that came with the position of first lady. David Mckenzie And Brent Swails, CNN, "High-level murder investigation grips tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho," 12 Feb. 2020 These salary figures do not include benefits or other contractual perks.

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First Known Use of perk

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1922, in the meaning defined above


1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perk

Verb (1)

Middle English

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The first known use of perk was in the 14th century

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1 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perk.” waleadership.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, http://waleadership.com/dictionary/perk. Accessed 6 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of perk

: something extra that someone receives in addition to regular pay for doing a job
: a good thing that you have or get because of your situation


\ ˈpərk How to pronounce perk (audio) \
perked; perking

Kids Definition of perk

1 : to make or become more lively or cheerful I perked up when I heard the good news.
2 : to make fresher in appearance Let's perk the room up with fresh paint.
3 : to lift in a quick, alert, or bold way The dog perked its ears.

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