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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 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 In the beginning of the aughts, the designer—who, at the time, was often seen in a pert sweater and collared shirt—had a mane that resembled rumpled university professor hair. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Shares His Student ID Cards—and Voluminous Hair—From the Early ’80s," 26 July 2019 Plenty sweet, to be sure, but certainly not cloying, and despite the grapes’ long hang time the flavors are perfectly fresh — pert and bright, as opposed to the stewy-fruit notes that often burden late-harvest wines. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Why don’t we drink dessert wine?," 11 July 2019 Later, in the same episode, Reese Witherspoon’s character, the pert perfectionist Madeline Martha Mackenzie, gives a mostly incoherent speech at a parent assembly, arguing against teaching young children about what may happen to the planet. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019 The models’ persistently childlike faces look hideously generic (wide eyes, pert noses, plump cheeks). Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "More and more people loathe Renoir. Is it time for a revival?," 25 June 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pert. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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