American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stick up or jut out: dogs' ears that perk.
- v. To carry oneself in a lively and jaunty manner.
- v. To cause to stick up quickly: The dog perked its ears at the noise.
- adj. Perky.
- perk up To regain or cause to regain one's good spirits or liveliness.
- perk up To refresh the appearance of: New furniture and paint perked up the room.
- n. Informal A perquisite: "Temper tantrums over perks are more common than the American taxpayer might like to believe” ( Maureen Dowd).
- v. Informal To percolate: The coffee was perking on the stove.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horizontal pole or bar serving as a support for various purposes, as a perch for birds or as the ridge-pole of a tent, or used for the hanging of yarns, skins, etc., to dry, or against which sawn timber may be stacked while seasoning, etc.
- An obsolete form of perch.
- Neat; trim; smart; hence, pert; airy; jaunty; proud.
- To toss or jerk the head with affected smartness; be jaunty or pert: sometimes with an impersonal it.
- To hold up smartly; prick up.
- To dress; make spruce or smart; smarten; prank.
- To peer; look narrowly or sharply.
- To examine thoroughly.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal (Scotch) form of park.
- n. Perquisite.
- v. Shortened form of percolate.
- n. A percolator, particularly of coffee.
- v. To become more lively or enthusiastic.
- v. dated To peer; to look inquisitively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; to make a jaunty or saucy display of
- v. To exalt one's self; to bear one's self loftily.
- adj. Smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain.
- v. To peer; to look inquisitively.
- n. an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)
- v. gain or regain energy
- The origin is uncertain. (Wiktionary)
- Possibly Middle English perken, to perch, from perk, rod, perch, probably from Medieval Latin perca and from Old French perche, perce, both from Latin pertica, rod; see perch1.Shortening and alteration of perquisite. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some folks may be more interested in short term appearances - and an additional perk is that they also have prospects for future work extensions due to needs for all those missing/incomplete/conflicting requirements fixes.”
“The perk is not standing around in your socks with the masses.”
“One perk from the gun show is that you might get out without paperwork, which considering the election could be a great thing.”
“Another perk is that under the right conditions algae grows rapidly.”
“My favorite perk is the class set of Hornbook magazines I request each semester (J.D. Ho is a prince).”
“For a moment, it has the look of a major label perk, until the guy starts dancing and joining in on vocals.”
“The only perk is getting to work from home, with a laptop on the couch and a snuggly little kitten.”
“(Though I can assure you it was a barely perceptible 'perk' - I really was incredibly full.)”
“Another great perk is that there are lots of copies of National Journal’s insiderish publications lying around and there’s always some nugget of genius in them.”
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These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
Words created by removing the end of a longer or original word. See also Fun with Aphesis.
mostly from magoosh
Tip of the hat to Stephen, who always tells me "only one more switchback" as we go up the trail. Usually it is a lie, but it still works!
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