perk

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From perquisite, by abbreviation.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • perq (less common)

Noun[edit]

perk (plural perks)

  1. Perquisite.
    Free coffee is one of the perks of the job.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From percolate (verb) and percolator (noun), by abbreviation.

Verb[edit]

perk (third-person singular simple present perks, present participle perking, simple past and past participle perked)

  1. Shortened form of percolate.

Noun[edit]

perk (plural perks)

  1. A percolator, particularly of coffee.

Etymology 3[edit]

The origin is uncertain.

Verb[edit]

perk (third-person singular simple present perks, present participle perking, simple past and past participle perked)

  1. To become more lively or enthusiastic.
  2. To exalt oneself; to bear oneself loftily.
    • Barrow
      to perk over them
  3. To make trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; to make a jaunty or saucy display of.
    to perk the ears; to perk up one's head
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowper to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sherburne to this entry?)
Derived terms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

perk (comparative more perk, superlative most perk)

  1. smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain
    • Spenser
      Perk as a peacock.

Etymology 4[edit]

The origin is uncertain.

Verb[edit]

perk (third-person singular simple present perks, present participle perking, simple past and past participle perked)

  1. (dated) To peer; to look inquisitively.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *perrik, *parrik, from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz. Compare also park and German Pferch.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

perk n (plural perken, diminutive perkje n)

  1. a delimited piece of ground, e.g. a flowerbed