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perk1

[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 object)
4.
to make smart, trim, or jaunty (sometimes followed by up or out):
to perk up a suit with a new white blouse.
5.
to raise smartly or briskly (often followed by up or out):
to perk one's head up.
adjective
6.
perky; jaunty:
a perk manner.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English perken; perhaps akin to peer2
Related forms
perkingly, adverb
perkish, adjective

perk2

[purk] /pɜrk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to percolate:
Has the coffee perked yet? The research team is perking with new ideas.
Origin
1930-35, Americanism; by shortening and respelling of percolate

perk3

[purk] /pɜrk/
noun, Informal.
Origin
1815-25; by shortening and respelling
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Examples from the web for perk
  • But the biggest perk may come with the morning commute.
  • It points out the unspoken truth that being allowed to teach less is provided more as a perk than a necessity.
  • It takes only a few drops of true balsamic to perk up salads or cheeses or berries.
  • Wilted leaves often perk up if you cut off the damaged part of the stem and put it in water.
  • Living in an island paradise isn't the only perk to this job.
  • It's a taxable but otherwise free perk at my college.
  • However, other indicators suggest that the euro area economies are starting to perk up.
  • If someone in my neighborhood is playing ball, he will perk up and try to get it.
  • Washable slipcovers in lighthearted new fabrics perk up old upholstery.
  • Among those is a big perk for the world-traveling types, as well as a processor update for improved computing power.
British Dictionary definitions for perk

perk1

/pɜːk/
adjective
1.
pert; brisk; lively
verb
2.
See perk up
Word Origin
C16: see perk up

perk2

/pɜːk/
verb (informal)
1.
(intransitive) (of coffee) to percolate
2.
(transitive) to percolate (coffee)

perk3

/pɜːk/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) short for perquisite
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Word Origin and History for perk
v.

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.

n.

1869, shortened and altered form of perquisite (q.v.); as a verb, 1934 as shortened and altered form of percolate.

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Slang definitions & phrases for perk

perk 1

noun

Percolated coffee (1950s+)

verb

To run smoothly and well; percolate: The project's perking now (1925+)


perk 2

noun

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]


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Related Abbreviations for perk

perk

perquisite
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