pert

[ purt ]
/ pɜrt /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pert

pert·ly, adverbpert·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pertly (1 of 2)

pert
/ (pɜːt) /

adjective

saucy, impudent, or forward
jauntya pert little hat
obsolete clever or brisk

Derived forms of pert

pertly, 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

British Dictionary definitions for pertly (2 of 2)

PERT
/ (pɜːt) /

n acronym for

programme evaluation and review technique
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Medicine definitions for pertly

Pert
[ pûrt ]
Candace Beebe Born 1946

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