perkish

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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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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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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perk definition


  1. n.
    an extra financial benefit; a monetary inducement or reward. (From perquisite. See also benies.) : I don't get paid much, but the perks are good.
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perk
perquisite
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