A perk is something extra you get, in addition to a salary, in exchange for working. The major perk of your job at an ice cream shop might be all the hot fudge sundaes you can eat.

Some fairly common job perks include health insurance, free gym memberships, and company cars. You can also talk about the perks, or benefits, of a situation: "I have to ride to school with my annoying neighbor, but the perk is she always brings donuts." As a verb, perk means "to become more energetic or cheerful." So that donut perk? It might be just the thing to perk you up on a Monday morning.

Definitions of perk
  1. noun
    an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)
    synonyms: fringe benefit, perquisite
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    apanage, appanage
    any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life
    backsheesh, baksheesh, bakshis, bakshish, gratuity, pourboire, tip
    a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
    Christmas box
    a present given at Christmas for services during the year
    type of:
    financial assistance in time of need
  2. verb
    gain or regain energy
    synonyms: gain vigor, percolate, perk up, pick up
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    type of:
    convalesce, recover, recuperate
    get over an illness or shock
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