- The definition of a perk is a benefit.
An example of a perk is a reward points package with a credit card.
- To perk is defined as to stick up or liven up.
An example of to perk is to bounce up after a nap.
- to raise (the head, ears, etc.) briskly or spiritedly: often with up
- to make jaunty or smart in appearance: often with up or out
- to give or restore freshness, vivacity, etc. to: usually with up
Origin: Middle English perken from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Norman French perquer, variant, variety of Old French percher, perch
- to lift one's head, straighten one's posture, etc. jauntily
- to become lively or animated; esp., to recover one's spirits: with up
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verb perked, perk·ing, perks verb, intransitive
- To stick up or jut out: dogs' ears that perk.
- To carry oneself in a lively and jaunty manner.
Origin: Possibly Middle English perken, to perch, from perk, rod, perch, probably from Medieval Latin perca and from Old French perche, perce, both from Latin pertica, rod; see perch 1.
Origin: Shortening and alteration of perquisite.
intransitive verb perked, perk·ing, perks Informal