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[purt] /pɜrt/
adjective, perter, pertest.
boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy.
jaunty and stylish; chic; natty.
lively; sprightly; in good health.
Obsolete. clever.
Origin of pert
1200-50; Middle English, aphetic variant of apert < Old French < Latin apertus open (past participle of aperīre; see aperient); in Middle English and Old French, influenced by Old French aspert < Latin expertus expert
Related forms
pertly, adverb
pertness, noun
1. presumptuous, impudent.


[purt] /pɜrt/
a management method of controlling and analyzing a system or program using periodic time and money reports, often computer generated, to determine dollar and labor status at any given time.
P(rogram) E(valuation and) R(eview) T(echnique)


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  • Does that (pert cousin) make it out that he does not love you?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "Our lawyer is foreclosing," whispered a pert young damsel in Greta's ear.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • "I carry in it goods of price, which I'll not see riddled to please a pert boy," he said.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Do my wishes count for nothing, that you send me pert answers by my woman?

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Mary had been pert to her, and she was not prone to forgive.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • He found a good meal awaiting him, and his wife on hand as pert as ever.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Or the pert way she holds her head, or the general excitement of the occasion.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • "And it was the truth," said a pert, youthful, yet slightly affected voice.

  • That pert young Jenny had put his spirits down to his very toes.

    The Story of a Robin

    Agnes S. Underwood
British Dictionary definitions for pert


saucy, impudent, or forward
jaunty: a pert little hat
(obsolete) clever or brisk
Derived Forms
pertly, adverb
pertness, noun
Word Origin
C13: variant of earlier apert, from Latin apertus open, from aperīre to open; influenced by Old French aspert, from Latin expertusexpert


noun acronym
programme evaluation and review technique
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Word Origin and History for pert

c.1300 (implied in pertly), "evident, unconcealed," shortened form of Middle English apert "open, frank," from Old French apert, from Latin apertus, past participle of aperire "to open" (see overt). Sense of "saucy, bold" first recorded late 14c. Less pejorative meaning "lively, brisk, in good spirits" (c.1500) survives in U.S. dialectal peart (with Middle English alternative spelling). Related: Pertness.

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pert in Medicine

Pert (pûrt), Candace Beebe. Born 1946.

American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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