pert

[ purt ]
/ pɜrt /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. persuasion,
  2. persuasive,
  3. persulfate,
  4. persulfuric acid,
  5. persulphuric acid,
  6. pert.,
  7. pertain,
  8. perth,
  9. perth amboy,
  10. perth and kinross

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

PERT

[ purt ]
/ pɜrt /

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)

pert.

pertaining.
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British Dictionary definitions for pert

pert

/ (pɜːt) /

adjective

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

PERT

/ (pɜːt) /

n acronym for

programme evaluation and review technique
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Word Origin and History for pert

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

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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