Definition of perky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːki/

adjective (perkier, perkiest)

1Cheerful and lively: she certainly looked less than her usual perky self
More example sentences
  • Lee's perky and cheerful voice sounds like music to Danielle's ears and makes her want to weep with relief.
  • Through all this, she soldiered on, cheerful and perky - at least on the outside.
  • Now she was perky and cheerfully placing every adorable clothing item she owned into that suitcase.
1.1Cheeky: don’t be perky, miss!



Pronunciation: /ˈpəːkɪli/
Example sentences
  • I love the way they sit up so perkily when they think they've run far enough.
  • ‘Fine,’ he replies perkily before resting his head on her shoulder.
  • Smiling perkily, she turned back to the cameras.


Pronunciation: /ˈpəːkɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • However the amount of energy and perkiness was overwhelming.
  • ‘Fine,’ I said, a bit startled at his perkiness.
  • Their socially sanctioned perkiness goes off the rails, while always sticking to the cheerleaders' code of behaviour.

Words that rhyme with perky

herky-jerky, jerky, mirky, murky, quirky, smirky, turkey

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