pert

adjective
\ ˈpərt How to pronounce pert (audio) \

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Don’t Look Up in a pale blue Gucci suit, standing alongside a beaming, pregnant Jennifer Lawrence, a clean-cut Leonardo Dicaprio, and a pert Meryl Streep. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2021 Ohlsson’s left hand alone exposed any number of passages glossed over by most interpretations, and the orchestra under Blomstedt was a pert, colorful, and utterly cohesive body. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2021 In this recipe, on the other hand, alliums are front and center, with leeks standing upright, pert and proud, and calling unapologetic attention to themselves. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 If The Odyssey had been the story of a glamour girl, Doris Lilly would be its pert heroine in a fur chubby endlessly stranded on a sleek banquette. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 28 Dec. 2020 On the ’gram, Lipa opted for a sleek white shirt with a tie and jeans, while FKA Twigs wore a pert lime green jacket with a fur trim. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2020 Banana splits, with their tall scoops of ice cream and drizzles of sauce and pert cherries, made frequent appearances in my childhood. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2019 Banana splits, with their tall scoops of ice cream and drizzles of sauce and pert cherries, made frequent appearances in my childhood. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2019 This adds dimensions to their sisterly quest, even if the harmonious emotions and good intentions never fully atone for the conventionalism of the blond-on-blond character design, the tiny waists, pert breasts, jeweled eyes and pale plastic-y skin. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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“Pert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pert. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pert

pert

adjective
\ ˈpərt How to pronounce pert (audio) \

Kids Definition of pert

1 : rude and disrespectful : fresh
2 : perky

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