pert [ purt ] SHOW IPA / pɜrt / PHONETIC RESPELLING SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, pert·er, pert·est. boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy. jaunty and stylish; chic; natty. lively; sprightly; in good health. RELATED WORDS animated
insolent Origin of pert 1200–50; Middle English,
aphetic variant of
open (past participle of
Old French aspert
Latin expertus expert Related forms pert·ly, adverb pert·ness, noun PERT [ purt ] SHOW IPA / pɜrt / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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
Before 9/11 and after, George Tenet suffered from
So most certainly was the bold,
pert little widow who rolled her eyes and put on winsome airs.
Was this the
pert school-girl, whom he had just deemed unworthy of serious consideration?
The clock in the dining room, a
pert little timepiece with a peremptory voice, struck three.
Every one is acquainted with this little bird; lively,
pert, and cunning, the true gamin of the winged race.
Among the hats stood a photograph of a popular actress,
pert and pretty. British Dictionary definitions for pert adjective saucy, impudent, or forward jaunty a pert little hat obsolete clever or brisk Derived Forms pertly, adverb pertness, 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 adj.
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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Medicine definitions for pert American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.
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