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Definition of PERK

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Perk \Perk\ (p[~e]rk), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perked} (p[~e]rkt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Perking}.] [Cf. W. percu to trim, to make smart.] To make trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; to make a jaunty or saucy display of; as, to perk the ears; to perk up one's head. --Cowper. --Sherburne. [1913 Webster]

     {to perk up one's ears} to begin to listen attentively; -- usually used when something of interest is mentioned in some discourse, after one's attention had lapsed; as, he perked up his ears when he heard his name mentioned. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Perk \Perk\, v. i.
     1. To exalt one's self; to bear one's self loftily. "To perk over them." --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

     2. To act in a jaunty or presumptuous manner.
        [PJC]

     {To perk it}, to carry one's self proudly or saucily. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Perk \Perk\, a.
     Smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain. "Perk as a peacock."
     --Spenser.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Perk \Perk\, v. i.
     To peer; to look inquisitively. --Dickens.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

perk \perk\, n.
     A perquisite. [informal]
     [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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