Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a buoyant or self-confident air; briskly cheerful.
  • adj. Jaunty; sprightly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lively or enthusiastic.
  • adj. Standing upright; firm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Perk; pert; jaunty; trim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perk; jaunty; pert.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness

Etymologies

perk +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A lot of them weren’t: older and heavier, they had substantial thighs; big, squishy rear ends; generous breasts to which the word perky would never be applied.

    In the Fullness of Time

  • Through two bouts with the disease, a double mastectomy, and a TRAM flap reconstruction, she has blogged about everything from breast nicknames (she dubbed her perky reconstructed duo "Barbie breasts" because they have no nipples) to tricks for keeping cancer anxiety from rubbing off on your kids.

    EveryJoe

  • First Impression: Jaime is described as perky and brave, but that doesn’t mean she’s wild.

    5-Star Baby Name Advisor

  • JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): First, we couldn ` t stop calling her perky, and now we ` re perking up our ears because Katie Couric supposedly slapped someone?

    CNN Transcript Jul 10, 2007

  • I'm still not what you'd call perky, but now there's a sense of the ridiculous in my sublime despondency.

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • I think she's so attractive and vital and she used to be called perky, I used to be called perky.

    CNN Transcript Nov 14, 2002

  • Andrew Roberts, the historian and socialite who often gets described as "perky" by gossip columnists, is at the other end of a phone line, very politely spitting feathers.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • They also launched something called perky tweets which is now aired on Radio one.

    WATBlog.com - Web, Advertising and Technology Blog in India

  • I have never taken offense at being called perky, because the alternative is dull.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

  • Being a trifle under medium height, weighing less than one hundred and twenty pounds stripped, as wiry as a cat and as indefatigable as a Scotch terrier, and with an abnormally large pair of ears that stood out like oyster shells from the sides of a round, sleek head, he made no pretentions to physical splendour, — unless, by chance, you would call the perky little straw-coloured moustache that adorned his long upper lip a tribute to vanity.

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