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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

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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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  • The origin of perk in to perk up, ‘to become more lively, cheerful, or interesting’, is not wholly clear, though it may be related to perch, as ‘perk’ is an early spelling of ‘perch’. A perk meaning a benefit to which you are entitled because of your job is a shortening of perquisite (Late Middle English), from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’. It is found from the early 19th century. People began to perk coffee in a percolator (mid 19th century) around 1920. This is from percolate (early 17th century), which is based on Latin percolare ‘to strain through’.

Words that rhyme with perk

berk, berserk, Burke, cirque, dirk, Dunkirk, erk, irk, jerk, kirk, lurk, mirk, murk, outwork, quirk, shirk, smirk, stirk, Turk, work

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perk2

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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  • The origin of perk in to perk up, ‘to become more lively, cheerful, or interesting’, is not wholly clear, though it may be related to perch, as ‘perk’ is an early spelling of ‘perch’. A perk meaning a benefit to which you are entitled because of your job is a shortening of perquisite (Late Middle English), from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’. It is found from the early 19th century. People began to perk coffee in a percolator (mid 19th century) around 1920. This is from percolate (early 17th century), which is based on Latin percolare ‘to strain through’.

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Syllabification: perk
Pronunciation: /pərk
 
/
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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  • The origin of perk in to perk up, ‘to become more lively, cheerful, or interesting’, is not wholly clear, though it may be related to perch, as ‘perk’ is an early spelling of ‘perch’. A perk meaning a benefit to which you are entitled because of your job is a shortening of perquisite (Late Middle English), from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’. It is found from the early 19th century. People began to perk coffee in a percolator (mid 19th century) around 1920. This is from percolate (early 17th century), which is based on Latin percolare ‘to strain through’.

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