- 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 pertly
Nine o'clock, then; and we'll see if you'll talk as pertly afterwards.Scaramouche
"She sings much better than you do Grace," said Rose pertly.Isabel Leicester
“All the more reason to wish for it,” maintained Jill pertly.Betty Trevor
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She stiffened a little at this, and then said pertly, "Wot's that?"From Sand Hill to Pine
He pertly refused to go until he should be ready, arguing his “equality” with any officer.Sea Stories
- saucy, impudent, or forward
- jauntya pert little hat
- obsolete clever or brisk
- programme evaluation and review technique
Word Origin and History for pertly
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.