- An example of something pert is a hat that is perched in a confident and provocative way.
- An example of something pert is a group of older women who love to dance.
- bold or impudent in speech or behavior; saucy; forward
- chic and jaunty
- Dial. in good spirits or health; lively; brisk
- Obs. clever
Origin of pertME, aphetic for apert ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin apertus, open: see aperture
Origin of PERT; from P(rogram) E(valuation and) R(eview) T(echnique) a system for cost-effective planning and execution of complex projects
- a. High-spirited, lively, or cheerful: A pert receptionist greets each client.b. Impudently bold; saucy: He was pert to his teacher. She gave a pert answer.
- a. Attractive or stylish in appearance: a pert hat.b. Small or firm and well-formed: a pert nose.
Origin of pertMiddle English, unconcealed, bold, short for apert, obvious, frank (probably influenced by Old French aspert, espert, clever), from Old French, from Latin apertus, open, past participle of aperīre, to open; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative perter, superlative pertest)
(third-person singular simple present perts, present participle perting, simple past and past participle perted)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To behave with pertness.
Aphetic form of apert.