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 weekMore 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.
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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
- 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 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 following from a job or 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.
- 1(Of coffee) percolate: while the coffee perks, head out for the morning paperMore 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.
1930s: abbreviation of percolate.