Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact or character of being pert. Briskness; smartness; sprightliness without force, dignity, or solidity.
- n. Sauciness; forward promptness or boldness.
- n. Synonyms Impertinence, Impudence, Effrontery, etc. See impudence and impertinent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being pert.
- n. inappropriate playfulness
- n. quality of being lively and confident
- From pert + -ness. (Wiktionary)
“They correct none of the childish nasty tricks, which they get at school; nor the illiberal manners which they contract at the university; nor the frivolous and superficial pertness, which is commonly all that they acquire by their travels.”
“Pope gained but little in the warfare he waged with him, for this plain reason -- that the great poet accuses his adversary of dullness, which was not by any means one of his sins, instead of selecting one of the numerous faults, such as pertness, petulance, and presumption, of which he was really guilty.”
“It is unnecessary to add that the assembled guests, in their disgust at my "pertness," dropped the argument on slavery.”
“Directed with anodyne pertness by Raben, it's the story of Robbie Hart Ciaran McCarthy who, until he becomes a rock star, fronts a band that plays at weddings in Ridgefield, New Jersey.”
“Even lesbians and bisexual women, who may quite rightly be assumed to be fonder of women's bodies than the average straight gal, do not get their Rice Krispies while thinking of the pertness of their own breasts.”
“This crazy group, consisting of leaping bull supported by leaping dolphins, the seated nude, and a confidential putto, somehow manages to convey the conflicting impressions of high speed and pertness.”
“They made their mistakes, but their bodies were so soft, miracles of pertness.”
“ Without the joyful pertness of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez ( "I hope the black man wins"), Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner admitted she "admired" Obama, though she had supported Hillary Clinton.”
“Some of the connections feel forced even for this series a ride on a merry-go-round whale inspires a wish to go to a science museum, but the vivacity of the drawings and pertness of the kitty protagonist make up for the shortcomings.”
“Being, it may be right to mention, a female of some pertness, though acquainted with her business.”
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