[ purt ]
/ pɜrt /

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


pert·ly, adverbpert·ness, noun

Definition for pert (2 of 3)

[ 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.

Origin of PERT

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

Definition for pert (3 of 3)


pertaining. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pert (1 of 2)

/ (pɜːt) /


saucy, impudent, or forward
jauntya pert little hat
obsolete clever or brisk

Derived forms of pert

pertly, 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

British Dictionary definitions for pert (2 of 2)

/ (pɜːt) /

n acronym for

programme evaluation and review technique
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Medical definitions for pert

[ pûrt ]
Candace Beebe Born 1946

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