\ˈpərt \

Definition of pert 

1a : 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

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Other Words from pert

pertly adverb
pertness noun

Examples of pert in a Sentence

a pert girl who is a member of the cheerleading squad a pert retort that irritated the teacher

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In Chapter 1, Kate Reddy is awakened at 2 a.m. by daughter Emily, who Snapchatted to a frenemy a photo of the tan line on her pert young butt, which quickly goes viral. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'How Hard Can It Be?' by Allison Pearson," 9 June 2018 In chapter one, Kate Reddy is awakened at 2 a.m. by daughter Emily, who Snapchatted to a frenemy a photo of the tan line on her pert young butt, which quickly goes viral. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "'How Hard Can It Be?' Just ask Kate, who's turning 50 in hilarious, timely new novel," 4 June 2018 The canon is lousy with authors who yearn to be admired for their sensitivity to the full range of female personhood, be that personhood luscious, pert, or swelling coyly against a sheer camisole. Constance Grady, Vox, "Apparently there is a longstanding and vicious feud between architects and librarians," 7 Apr. 2018 So yes, a pert derrière looks good in jeans, but strong butt muscles also protect your back and support many daily activities from walking up stairs to bending over or running to catch a cab. Anna Kaiser, Time, "6 Easy Moves to Help You Sculpt a Stronger Butt," 27 Mar. 2018 Not to mention baking powder, bullets and butter — that pert Land O’Lakes maiden beckoning from the dairy aisle. Carolina A. Miranda,, "It's not just Chief Wahoo. Why American Indian images became potent, cartoonish advertising symbols," 30 Jan. 2018 On a summer day in a park in Brooklyn, the sun savaged a swarm of actors in sturdy wool coats and pert hats. Alexis Soloski, idahostatesman, "Did you hear the one about the housewife who walks into a comedy club?," 7 Jan. 2018 The piece, now in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, is a pert portrayal of Domino, who is shown seated at a flashy blue piano sporting a loud green jacket and yellow dress shirt. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Fats Domino’s Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motion," 26 Oct. 2017 The young English actress Millie Bobby Brown appeared particularly grown-up in a pert blue dress with ruffled sleeves, and a posh moment came from Plum Sykes, who perfected the idea of equestrian chic with friends in a lush green field. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Goes Goth, Gucci Mane Gets Hitched, and More of the Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pert

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pert

Middle English, evident, attractive, saucy, short for apert evident, from Anglo-French, from Latin apertus open, from past participle of aperire to open

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English Language Learners Definition of pert

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

: small and attractive


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Kids Definition of pert

1 : rude and disrespectful : fresh

2 : perky

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