1. (thing) Short for perquisite, a perk is a fringe benefit that comes with holding a particular position or that is awarded instead of a raise. In the US, for example, members of Congress have the privilege of franking (sending mail with their signature in place of postage). Perks might include a company car, a better parking space, or an employee discount on the company's products.
  2. (idea) Short for percolate. One perks coffee by preparing it in a percolator-style coffeepot.

Perk (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perked (?); 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.


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Perk, v. i.

To exalt one's self; to bear one's self loftily.

"To perk over them."


To perk it, to carry one's self proudly or saucily.



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Perk, a.

Smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain.

"Perk as a peacock."



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Perk, v. i.

To peer; to look inquisitively.



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