Pert definition

pûrt
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Bold or impudent in speech or behavior; saucy; forward.
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(dial.) In good spirits or health; lively; brisk.
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The definition of pert is something that is bold and stylish with a little attitude, or lively and stimulating.

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.

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(obs.) Clever.
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Pertaining.
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A system for cost-effective planning and execution of complex projects.
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Attractive (of a person); well-formed, shapely (of a part of the body). [from 14th c.]
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Lively; alert and cheerful; bright. [from 16th c.]

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(now rare) Cheeky, impertinent (especially of children or social inferiors). [from 15th c.]
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(intransitive, obsolete) To behave with pertness.
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High-spirited, lively, or cheerful.

A pert receptionist greets each client.

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Impudently bold; saucy.

He was pert to his teacher. She gave a pert answer.

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Attractive or stylish in appearance.

A pert hat.

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Small or firm and well-formed.

A pert nose.

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(operations) Program Evaluation and Review Technique, a method for diagramming and analyzing the flow of dependent tasks and other events in a project.
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Chic and jaunty.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
pert
Comparative:
perter
Superlative:
pertest

Origin of pert

  • Middle 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 wer-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Aphetic form of apert.

    From Wiktionary