Definitions: (1) briskly self-assured; spirited; jaunty; (2) cheerful; pert; saucy

Too Far: Syrupy

• It happens very rarely that your ears perk up about a certain project. — Dominic Edward Cooper (1978-) English actor
• Do activities you’re passionate about – which make your heart and soul feel perky – including things like working out, cooking, painting, writing, yoga, hiking, walking, swimming, being in nature, being around art, or reading inspiring books. — Karen Salmansohn, American behavioral change expert