adjective, pert·er, pert·est.
- persulfuric acid,
- persulphuric acid,
- perth amboy,
- perth and kinross
Origin of pert
Examples from the Web for pertest
However, they put on their pertest manners, and went clustering after Hermod like a swarm of ladybirds.The Heroes of Asgard|Annie Keary
He raised his hand as the pertest of the maids would have answered him, and there followed an uncomfortable pause.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Nature is despotic, and will not be fooled or abated of any jot of her authority by the pertest of her sons.
Then I laughed loudly—it was only a hare, the prettiest and pertest thing imaginable.Scottish Ghost Stories|Elliott O'Donnell
"Pertest of songsters," the white-eyed vireo makes whatever neighborhood it enters lively at once.Bird Neighbors|Neltje Blanchan
Word Origin for pert
n acronym for
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.