perky etymology

English word perky comes from English -y, English perk

Detailed word origin of perky

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-y English (eng) Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.. Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin. Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names as a term of endearment. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning “having the quality of”.. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
perk English (eng) (intransitive) To appear from below or behind something, emerge, pop up, poke out.. (intransitive, obsolete) To exalt oneself; to bear oneself loftily.. (transitive) To make trim or smart; to straighten up; to erect; to make a jaunty or saucy display of. (obsolete) Smart; trim; spruce; jaunty; vain. (informal) Perquisite. (dated) To peer; to look inquisitively. (obsolete) To perch. [...]
perky English (eng) Lively or enthusiastic.. Standing upright; firm.

Words with the same origin as perky

Descendants of -y
andy apply bags bunny creepy dummy funny handy healthy heavy kitty mommy pretty pussy risky rocky rusty scary sexy shitty skinny sonny tiny tony woody