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  • adv. In a manner that is lively or high-spirited

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a pert manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Readily; briskly; promptly.
  • In a pert, bold, or saucy manner; saucily.
  • Openly; plainly; clearly; evidently; truly.

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

  • adv. in an impudent or impertinent manner


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