perk definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To stick up or jut down: dogs' ears that perk.
    • to hold yourself in a lively and jaunty manner.
    • Informal To percolate: The coffee was perking from the stove.
    • To exalt your self; to keep an individual's self loftily.
    • To peer; to check inquisitively.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To cause to stick up rapidly: canine perked its ears at noise.
    • to create trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; in order to make a jaunty or saucy show of
  • adjective:
    • Perky.
    • Smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain.
  • phrasal-verb:
    • perk up To regain or cause to regain a person's great spirits or liveliness.
    • improve To recharge the look of: New furniture and paint perked within the space.
  • noun:
    • Casual A perquisite: "Temper tantrums over benefits are more typical versus United States taxpayer might like to thinkā€ ( Maureen Dowd).
    • Perquisite.
    • A percolator, particularly of coffee.
    • A horizontal pole or club serving as a support for various functions, as a perch for birds or since the ridge-pole of a tent, or useful for the hanging of yarns, skins, etc., to dry, or against which sawn wood is piled while seasoning, etc.
    • An obsolete or dialectal (Scotch) type of playground.
    • an incidental benefit granted for many kinds of work (especially if it's viewed as a right)
  • verb:
    • Shortened as a type of percolate.
    • To become much more lively or enthusiastic.
    • To peer; to look inquisitively.
    • gain or regain power
  • others:
    • An obsolete kind of perch.
    • clean; trim; smart; therefore, pert; airy; jaunty; proud.
    • To throw or jerk the head with affected smartness; be jaunty or pert: occasionally with an impersonal it.
    • To dress; make spruce or wise; smarten; prank.
    • To peer; look narrowly or greatly.
    • To examine carefully.

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