adjective \ˈpərt\

: having or showing confidence and a lack of respect or seriousness especially in an amusing or appealing way

: small and attractive

Full Definition of PERT

a :  saucily free and forward :  flippantly cocky and assured
b :  being trim and chic :  jaunty <a pert little hat>
c :  piquantly stimulating <is a pert notion>
pert·ly adverb
pert·ness noun

Examples of PERT

  1. <a pert girl who is a member of the cheerleading squad>
  2. <a pert retort that irritated the teacher>

Origin of PERT

Middle English, evident, attractive, saucy, short for apert evident, from Anglo-French, from Latin apertus open, from past participle of aperire to open
First Known Use: 14th century
PERT Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈpərt\

Definition of PERT for Kids

:  rude and disrespectful :  fresh
:  perky


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