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[pur-kee] /ˈpɜr ki/
adjective, perkier, perkiest.
jaunty; cheerful; brisk; pert.
Origin of perky
1850-55; perk1 + -y1
Related forms
perkily, adverb
perkiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Since his medical details are a state secret, the rest of the world can only guess whether his health is as perky.
  • It didn't help that the preternaturally perky grad students didn't much care.
  • Turns out, those little guys can stay fresh and perky for quite a while stored unplucked in a plastic bag in the fridge.
  • Unfortunately, such figures rely on overseas customers feeling perky.
  • The boxy photos and shot clocks blinked enticingly on the screen, the perky face of the site.
  • The plant is handsome, too, with shiny leaves and an overall perky look.
  • They would, unless economic growth proved perky enough to mop up the millions who will be thrown out of work.
  • Visualize kicking those cancer cells out o' the body, and new beautiful perky pink ones taking their place.
  • But it is also a symptom of mild paranoia about whether these firms can in their dotage still deliver perky growth.
  • Our furry friends are as sure-footed, perky and alert as ever.
British Dictionary definitions for perky


adjective perkier, perkiest
jaunty; lively
confident; spirited
Derived Forms
perkily, adverb
perkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for perky

1820, from perk (v.) + -y (2). Of young women's breasts since at least 1937. Related: Perkily; perkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for perky



Energetic and jaunty; lively; chipper (1855+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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