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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Who Was the Real Holly Golightly?," 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, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Dua Lipa, FKA Twigs, Alicia Keys, and More," 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, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 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, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 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, "‘Frozen 2’ Review: The Cold Still Never Bothers Them," 21 Nov. 2019 This morning, in the lush location of the Elizabeth Street Garden, the writer confidently strutted out in a pert white skirt set, with a retro scarf tied around her waist, a red bag, and XXL-sized round black sunglasses. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Karley “Slutever” Sciortino Walks Kate Spade New York," 7 Sep. 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, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 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, The Denver Post, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 4 Sep. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for pert

pert

adjective

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

pert

adjective
\ ˈpərt How to pronounce pert (audio) \

Kids Definition of pert

1 : rude and disrespectful : fresh
2 : perky

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