[ purt ]
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adjective,pert·er, pert·est.
  1. boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy.

  2. jaunty and stylish; chic; natty.

  1. lively; sprightly; in good health.

  2. 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 expertusexpert

Other words for pert

Other words from pert

  • pertly, adverb
  • pertness, noun

Words Nearby pert

Other definitions for PERT (2 of 3)

[ purt ]

  1. 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)

Other definitions for pert. (3 of 3)


  1. pertaining. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pert in a sentence

  • Before 9/11 and after, George Tenet suffered from pert loquacity.

    Why Panetta Should Stop Talking | Reuel Marc Gerecht | February 4, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • They were pert and spoiled, untidy and noisy, although handsome and highly bred of feature.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • He looked at Mandleco with immense disdain, gave a pert tilt of his head and surveyed the room with a grimace of distaste.

    We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
  • “It is, young man, and my name is Susan,” was the quick reply; some people might have called it pert.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Hardly had the quarryman pronounced these words when the door flew open, and a young and attractive woman entered with a pert air.

  • I'll fix you up for the rest of the day, but won't answer for your feeling pert to-morrow.

    The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for pert (1 of 2)


/ (pɜːt) /

  1. saucy, impudent, or forward

  2. jaunty: a pert little hat

  1. obsolete clever or brisk

Origin of pert

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

Derived forms of pert

  • pertly, adverb
  • pertness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for PERT (2 of 2)


/ (pɜːt) /

n acronym for
  1. programme evaluation and review technique

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