from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy.
- n. An impudent, saucy person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bold; forward; impudent; saucy; pert.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by pertness or impudence; saucy; impudent; bold; forward.
- n. A pert, saucy person.
Middle English, from Old French : mal-, mal- + apert, clever, alteration (influenced by apert, clever, saucy; see pert) of Latin expertus; see expert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From mal- + apert. (Wiktionary)