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v. perked, perk·ing, perks
1. To stick up or jut out: dogs' ears that perk.
2. To carry oneself in a lively and jaunty manner.
To cause to stick up quickly: The dog perked its ears at the noise.
1. To regain or cause to regain one's good spirits or liveliness.
2. To refresh the appearance of: New furniture and paint perked up the room.
[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.]
intr.v. perked, perk·ing, perks Informal
To percolate: The coffee was perking on the stove.
1. to make or become more cheerful, hopeful, or lively
2. to rise or cause to rise briskly: the dog's ears perked up.
3. (tr) to make smarter in appearance: she perked up her outfit with a bright scarf.
4. (intr) slang Austral to vomit
[C14 perk, perhaps from Norman French perquer; see perch1]
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|Verb||1.||perk up - gain or regain energy; "I picked up after a nap"|
|2.||perk up - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"|
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
cathect - inject with libidinal energy
reanimate, recreate, revivify, vivify, revive, renovate, animate, quicken, repair - give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"
verb cheer up, recover, rally, revive, look up, brighten, take heart, recuperate, buck up (informal) She perked up and began to laugh.
perk something or someone up liven someone up, revive someone, cheer someone up, pep someone up A brisk stroll will perk you up.