verb(perk up or perk someone/thing up)
- Become or make more cheerful, lively, or interesting: [no object]: she’d been depressed, but she seemed to perk up last week [with object]: the coffee had perked him up long enough to tackle the reviewsMore example sentences
cheer up, brighten (up), become more cheerful, become livelier, feel happier, take heart, be heartened, liven up, revive; improve, get better, recover, rally, take a turn for the better, look up, pick up, bounce back, be on the mend• informal buck upbrighten up, make more cheerful/lively, make happier, raise someone's spirits, give someone heart, give someone a boost/lift, revitalize, invigorate, energize, enliven, ginger up, put new life/heart into, add some zest to, put some spark into, rejuvenate, refresh, vitalize, vivify, wake up• rare inspirit
- 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.
late Middle English (in the senses 'perch' and 'be lively'): perhaps from an Old French dialect variant of percher 'to perch'.
noun(usually perks) • informal
- 1A benefit to which one is entitled because of one’s job: many agencies are helping to keep personnel at their jobs by providing perksMore 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 arising from a particular situation: they were busy discovering the perks of town lifeMore example sentences
- 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.
early 19th century: abbreviation of perquisite.
- (With reference to coffee) percolate: [no object]: while the coffee perks, head out for the morning paper [with object]: she showed us how to perk the coffeeMore example sentences
- 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.
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1930s: abbreviation of percolate.