I. verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to thrust up the head, stretch out the neck, or carry the body in a bold or insolent manner b. to stick up or out jauntily 2. to gain in vigor or cheerfulness especially after a period of weakness or depression — usually used with up <
he's perked up noticeably
transitive verb 1. to make smart or spruce in appearance ; freshen, improve — often used with up 2. to thrust up quickly or impudently II. intransitive verb Date: 1656 percolate III. noun Date: 1824 perquisite — usually used in plural

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