adjective, pert·er, pert·est.
Origin of pert
Definition for pert (2 of 3)
Origin of PERT
Definition for pert (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for pert
Before 9/11 and after, George Tenet suffered from pert loquacity.
So most certainly was the bold, pert little widow who rolled her eyes and put on winsome airs.A Book of Ghosts|Sabine Baring-Gould
Was this the pert school-girl, whom he had just deemed unworthy of serious consideration?The Fortunes of the Farrells|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The clock in the dining room, a pert little timepiece with a peremptory voice, struck three.Peggy Raymond's Way|Harriet Lummis Smith
British Dictionary definitions for pert (1 of 2)
Word Origin for pert
British Dictionary definitions for pert (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Word Origin and History for pert
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.