So he had, like a very unwise rabbit, and was perking up his long ears within quite easy range of Charley's gun as he levelled it.
Then she strolled over toward the Man, lifting her feet in her most aristocratic way and perking her head prettily.
He was perking up his big ears and wagging his stump of a tail in front of him.
He set coffee to perking, laid strips of bacon in a skillet and arranged half a dozen eggs nearby.
The seat next them was unoccupied, and Mallory dropped into it, perking his ears backward for news.
"Well, I for one don't like her a bit," declared Tilly, perking up the bow ends of the black sling that hung about her neck.
And yet these perking courtiers are a long time seeing that.
It's simply ridiculous to have Margaret perking herself up for beaux.
She'll be sure to be peeking an' perking inter every thing the moment my back's turned.
"You hear it from the police, gentlemen," added Mr. Meredith, perking up a little.
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.
Percolated coffee (1950s+)
To run smoothly and well; percolate: The project's perking now (1925+)
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]