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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
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British Dictionary definitions for perk up

perk up

verb (adverb)
1.
to make or become more cheerful, hopeful, or lively
2.
to rise or cause to rise briskly: the dog's ears perked up
3.
(transitive) to make smarter in appearance: she perked up her outfit with a bright scarf
4.
(intransitive) (Austral, slang) to vomit
Word Origin
C14 perk, perhaps from Norman French perquer; see perch1

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 up

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 up

perk up

verb phrase
  1. To stimulate; invigorate: Gotta perk up this class (1965+)
  2. To recuperate; recover; gain energy: He's perked up after a two-week illness (1706+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps related to perch, and semantically to the notion of being placed high]


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 up

perk

perquisite
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Idioms and Phrases with perk up

perk up

Restore to good spirits, liveliness, or good appearance, as in You're exhausted, but a cup of tea will perk you up, or The flowers perked up the whole room. [ Mid-1600s ]
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