The fathers of other "peart boys" cleared their throats uneasily, but finally subsided without offering contradiction.
He uster be chipper, an' peart, an' clost frens with me; an' now he don't say nothin.
As I said afore, he's an idle, peart young 'un; no good at farm work.
A while ago he was all down in the mouth, and now he's peart as a cricket.
This hyar boy air a deal too peart ter try enny sech fool tricks on Me!
They're peart and sound as heart could wish, and so knowin'!
An' he wur sech a gradely little chap, so peart an' lively, crowin' an' laughin' from morn till neet.
You ain't nigh so peart and hop-skippin' as you was when you started.
peart or peert is only another form of the old word pert—probably an older form.
He's awake, and he don't seem quite so peart as he was this morning.