adjective, pert·er, pert·est.

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 formspert·ly, adverbpert·ness, noun

Synonyms for pert




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

P(rogram) E(valuation and) R(eview) T(echnique)


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Examples from the Web for pert

Contemporary Examples of pert

Historical Examples of pert

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pert



saucy, impudent, or forward
jauntya pert little hat
obsolete clever or brisk
Derived Formspertly, adverbpertness, noun

Word Origin for pert

C13: variant of earlier apert, from Latin apertus open, from aperīre to open; influenced by Old French aspert, from Latin expertus expert


n acronym for

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


[pûrt]Candace Beebe Born 1946

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