adjective, pert·er, pert·est.
- persulfuric acid,
- persulphuric acid,
- perth amboy,
- perth and kinross
Origin of pert
Examples from the Web for pertly
"That's what you read papa and everybody to sleep with," said Valetta pertly.The Long Vacation|Charlotte M. Yonge
"Oh, my aunt thought herself not smart enough to show herself before Mr. Somers," said Miss Betsy pertly.The Fairchild Family|Mary Martha Sherwood
"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
Marjorie, her small face drawn with fatigue, but her eyes vivid with excitement, regarded him pertly.Four Days|Hetty Hemenway
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.