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[peert, pyert] /pɪərt, pyɛrt/
adjective, Dialect.
lively; brisk; cheerful.
Origin of peart
First recorded in 1590-1600; variant of pert
Related forms
peartly, adverb
peartness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The fathers of other "peart boys" cleared their throats uneasily, but finally subsided without offering contradiction.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • He uster be chipper, an' peart, an' clost frens with me; an' now he don't say nothin.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • As I said afore, he's an idle, peart young 'un; no good at farm work.

    Thankful Rest Annie S. Swan
  • A while ago he was all down in the mouth, and now he's peart as a cricket.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • This hyar boy air a deal too peart ter try enny sech fool tricks on Me!

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • They're peart and sound as heart could wish, and so knowin'!

    Donald and Dorothy Mary Mapes Dodge
  • An' he wur sech a gradely little chap, so peart an' lively, crowin' an' laughin' from morn till neet.

    North, South and Over the Sea M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  • You ain't nigh so peart and hop-skippin' as you was when you started.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • peart or peert is only another form of the old word pert—probably an older form.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • He's awake, and he don't seem quite so peart as he was this morning.

British Dictionary definitions for peart


(dialect) lively; spirited; brisk
Derived Forms
peartly, adverb
peartness, noun
Word Origin
C15: variant of pert
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Word Origin and History for peart

variant of pert (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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