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.

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 for pert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pertly

Historical Examples of pertly

  • Nine o'clock, then; and we'll see if you'll talk as pertly afterwards.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • "She sings much better than you do Grace," said Rose pertly.

    Isabel Leicester

    Clotilda Jennings

  • “All the more reason to wish for it,” maintained Jill pertly.

    Betty Trevor

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • She stiffened a little at this, and then said pertly, "Wot's that?"

  • He pertly refused to go until he should be ready, arguing his “equality” with any officer.

British Dictionary definitions for pertly



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


n acronym for

programme evaluation and review technique
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Word Origin and History for pertly



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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pertly in Medicine


[pûrt]Candace Beebe Born 1946

American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.
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