- boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy.
- jaunty and stylish; chic; natty.
- lively; sprightly; in good health.
- Obsolete. clever.
Origin of pert
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- 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.
Origin of PERT
Examples from the Web for pert
Before 9/11 and after, George Tenet suffered from pert loquacity.Why Panetta Should Stop Talking
Reuel Marc Gerecht
February 4, 2010
Does that (pert cousin) make it out that he does not love you?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"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
Do my wishes count for nothing, that you send me pert answers by my woman?The Lion's Skin
Mary had been pert to her, and she was not prone to forgive.Is He Popenjoy?
- saucy, impudent, or forward
- jauntya pert little hat
- obsolete clever or brisk
- programme evaluation and review technique
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.
- American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.