perk

1 [purk]
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; Middle English perken; perhaps akin to peer2

perkingly, adverb
perkish, adjective
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perk

2 [purk]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object) Informal.
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

perk

3 [purk]
noun Informal.

Origin:
1815–25; by shortening and respelling

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perk1 (pɜːk)
 
adj
1.  pert; brisk; lively
 
vb
2.  See perk up
 
[C16: see perk up]

perk2 (pɜːk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of coffee) to percolate
2.  (tr) to percolate (coffee)

perk3 (pɜːk)
 
n
informal (Brit) short for perquisite

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Word Origin & History

perk
late 14c., "to make oneself trim or smart," perhaps from O.N.Fr. perquer "to perch" (Fr. percher; see perch (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.

perk
1869, shortened and altered form of perquisite (q.v.); 1934 as shortened and altered form of percolate (see percolation).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
perk
perquisite
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Example sentences
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.
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