There are 3 main definitions of perk in English:

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perk1

Syllabification: perk
Pronunciation: /pərk
 
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verb

[no object] (perk up)
1Become more cheerful, lively, or interesting: in the second half, the dance perked up she’d been depressed, but she seemed to perk up last week
More example sentences
  • So the demonstration, around 10 people shouting at once, perked things up a little.
  • I could barely detect the horseradish in the creamy bed of mashed potato, a more generous grating would have perked it up.
  • It's amazing how a bit of garlic and copious olive oil can perk things up.
Synonyms
1.1 [with object] (perk someone/something up) Make someone or something more cheerful, lively, or interesting: the coffee had perked him up long enough to tackle the reviews

adjective

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Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'perch' and 'be lively'): perhaps from an Old French dialect variant of percher 'to perch'.

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Syllabification: perk
Pronunciation: /pərk
 
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noun

(usually perks) informal
1Money, goods, or other benefit to which one is entitled as an employee or as a shareholder of a company: many agencies are helping to keep personnel at their jobs by providing perks
More example sentences
  • They gave me time off to go climb mountains, and I was entitled to other perks like staff travel.
  • My host worked in an executive capacity for a large multinational company, a chauffeur-driven BMW being among the perks of her job.
  • And the job has its perks, including occasional dates with rock icons.
1.1An advantage or benefit following from a job or situation: they were busy discovering the perks of town life
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  • Anyone with a credit card can take advantage of the perks once reserved for a spoiled few.
  • This is the work of a writer who became a pop star by mistake, but discovered that the perks are better and stuck with it.
  • Practicing medicine in a small town has its perks.

Origin

early 19th century: abbreviation of perquisite.

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perk3

Syllabification: perk
Pronunciation: /pərk
 
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informal

verb

[no object]
1(Of coffee) percolate: while the coffee perks, head out for the morning paper
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  • A pot of coffee already sat perking, filling the room with its rich aroma.
  • Sitting on the sky blue counter as her coffee perked, Kina silently swore.
  • As the coffee perked, she crawled through the door into the cabin looking a pale shade of green.
1.1 [with object] Percolate (coffee).

Origin

1930s: abbreviation of percolate.

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