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[purt]
adjective, pert·er, pert·est.
  1. boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy.
  2. jaunty and stylish; chic; natty.
  3. lively; sprightly; in good health.
  4. Obsolete. clever.
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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

Synonyms

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Related Words

animated, audacious, brash, brazen, breezy, bright, brisk, cheeky, dapper, daring, dashing, disrespectful, flip, flippant, forward, fresh, gay, impertinent, impudent, insolent

British Dictionary definitions for perter

pert

adjective
  1. saucy, impudent, or forward
  2. jauntya pert little hat
  3. obsolete clever or brisk
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Derived Formspertly, adverbpertness, noun

Word Origin

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

PERT

n acronym for
  1. programme evaluation and review technique
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Word Origin and History for perter

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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perter in Medicine

Pert

(pûrt)Candace Beebe Born 1946
  1. American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.
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