• WordNet 3.6
    • adj perky characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness "buoyant spirits","his quick wit and chirpy humor","looking bright and well and chirpy","a perky little widow in her 70s"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Perky Perk; pert; jaunty; trim. "There amid perky larches and pines."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perky Perk; jaunty; pert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Perky (Tenn.) perk, trim
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  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
W. perc, trim.


In literature:

They taught the perky boy that he was not everything, and the limp boy that he might be something.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
Perky adores him, and was mad enough to beat Betsey when she told the story and giggled over it.
"An Old-fashioned Girl" by Louisa May Alcott
Yet he seemed perky enough last night at the sociable.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
It was not an expensive car, but it was new and shining, and had a perky snub-nosed air of being ready for anything.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
She's got a perky little nose and long, twinkly eyes.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
It was not an expensive car, but it was new and shining, and had a perky snub-nosed air of being ready for anything.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Dot did not care for any other creature in the Bush just then but her Kangaroo, and the perky air of the bird annoyed her in her sorrow.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
He had come to explain and apologize, and in his perky conceit really seemed to fancy that I might be hurt at his desertion.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
A narrow ribbon of velvet is very pretty twisted over a wire and two perky loops and ends made.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
Why, he's quite perky; he think as you has gone to the country.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

Hi, it's a funny world! This mornin' when I woke
I saw red robin on the fence, an' heard the words he spoke.
Red robin, he's a perky chap, an' this was his refrain:
"Dear, it's a pity that poor Jenny is so plain."
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

Tailored suit, tasteful hair, good posture, all business, only rare hints of perkiness.
Her smile and perky demeanor brighten the already sunny, spacious Chilmark Public Library.
The Awesome Upside Of Being Perky.
Asked the perky order-taker at the Black Walnut Cafe, the counter-service restaurant on Morningside.
Standing 31 ½ inches high, 20 ½ inches wide, and 22 ½ inches deep, the perky perch is made of powdercoated aluminum.
Qualcomm shot up 7% in late trading after beating its revenue consensus by about $200 M and delivering perky, 11% growth in MSM chipsets YoY.
Markets perky after Spanish bailout.
Motion City Soundtrack's Perky 'True Romance'.
'Protocol' perky in o'seas bow.
A master of perky -itsu Punching Perky Smiles is always down for a fun time.
New Morning Platform, Same Perky Candor.
Kathie Lee Gifford has been called perky and pesky, popular and polarizing but seldom, if ever, dull.
Perky Actress June Allyson, 88.
Take the picturesque town of Oberriet, Switzerland, where the triangular timber roofs of old houses dot the rolling green hills like perky hats.
The fruit is tender and jammy, and the crumble is crisp and perky.