pert [ purt ] SHOW IPA / pɜrt / PHONETIC RESPELLING adjective, pert·er, pert·est. boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy. jaunty and stylish; chic; natty. lively; sprightly; in good health. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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Origin of pert
1200–50; Middle English, aphetic variant of
<Old French <Latin
open (past participle of
); in Middle English and Old French, influenced by Old French
expertus expert OTHER WORDS FROM pert pertly, adverb pertness, 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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Example sentences from the Web for pert
Before 9/11 and after, George Tenet suffered from
pert and spoiled, untidy and noisy, although handsome and highly bred of feature.
He looked at Mandleco with immense disdain, gave a
pert tilt of his head and surveyed the room with a grimace of distaste.
“It is, young man, and my name is Susan,” was the quick reply; some people might have called it
pert. adjective saucy, impudent, or forward jaunty a pert little hat obsolete clever or brisk Derived forms of pert 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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American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.
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