Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective High-spirited, lively, or cheerful.
  • adjective Impudently bold; saucy.
  • adjective Attractive or stylish in appearance.
  • adjective Small or firm and well-formed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Open; clear, as a way or passage.
  • Plain; clear; evident; obvious; not concealed.
  • Openly.
  • Comely; beautiful; of good appearance; trim; neat.
  • Lively; brisk; clever; smart.
  • Forward; saucy; impudent; indecorously loquacious or free.
  • Synonyms See impudence.
  • noun A pert or impudent person of either sex.
  • To perk.
  • To be pert or saucy; behave with pertness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Open; evident; apert.
  • adjective obsolete Lively; brisk; sprightly; smart.
  • adjective Indecorously free, or presuming; saucy; bold; impertinent.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To behave with pertness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, obsolete To behave with pertness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, unconcealed, bold, short for apert, obvious, frank (probably influenced by Old French aspert, espert, clever), from Old French, from Latin apertus, open, past participle of aperīre, to open; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Aphetic form of apert.

Examples

  • The worst pert is that his colleagues, friends and even his family have no idea who he is.

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  • “I guess we called her pert,” she said, with a smile moving her thick features.

    Dicey's Song

  • “I guess we called her pert,” she said, with a smile moving her thick features.

    Dicey's Song

  • “I guess we called her pert,” she said, with a smile moving her thick features.

    Dicey's Song

  • Porter -- who Time described as a pert, brown-eyed, dark haired, nail-biting, chain-smoking, go-getter -- helped enfranchise American women to the investment world, teaching them core concepts and strategies so they need not ask for a man's help to take the reins of what Porter termed "pocketbook issues."

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  • In its notice of the play in August 1823, the Mirror of the Stage; or, New Dramatic Censor found Mrs. Weippert (whose initial it gives as "I.") of particular interest: "as a singer, this lady's merits are not above mediocrity; but whenever she is put into characters suited to her talents, such as pert servants, or romping hoyden's [sic], she displays considerable vivacity and spirit."

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  • Spark has never been an abundant imaginer; her deliberate deprivations and omissions have always represented a kind of pert challenge to the reader, as if she were saying, "This is all I will give you; make of these rations what you can."

    The Prime of Ms. Muriel Spark

  • Spark has never been an abundant imaginer; her deliberate deprivations and omissions have always represented a kind of pert challenge to the reader, as if she were saying, "This is all I will give you; make of these rations what you can."

    The Prime of Ms. Muriel Spark

  • They would become "pert," as pages were supposed to be, and diffident as esquires, but as knights they would come back of themselves to the perfect ways of their childhood with a grace that became well the strength and self-possession of their knighthood.

    The Education of Catholic Girls

  • We'll need somebody to heave a bucket of water on Issy pretty soon; he's gettin 'kind of pert and uppish again.

    The Portygee

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