- 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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Examples from the Web for pertest
"Pertest of songsters," the white-eyed vireo makes whatever neighborhood it enters lively at once.Bird Neighbors
Then I laughed loudly—it was only a hare, the prettiest and pertest thing imaginable.Scottish Ghost Stories
He raised his hand as the pertest of the maids would have answered him, and there followed an uncomfortable pause.The Ward of King Canute
Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Then, indeed, the vainest fops and pertest orange girls look round and listen too.
However, they put on their pertest manners, and went clustering after Hermod like a swarm of ladybirds.The Heroes of Asgard
- saucy, impudent, or forward
- jauntya pert little hat
- obsolete clever or brisk
- programme evaluation and review technique
Word Origin and History for pertest
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.