A woman's pert fashion sense matched her effervescent personality.
- 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 PERTfrom 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.