\ 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

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Sorry to disappoint the former, but sleeping in your bra is not what's going to keep 'em pert. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The 7 Bra Myths You've Got to Stop Believing," 15 Jan. 2015 Fanning resembles a very tall fairy; it’s not just her wide eyes, pert nose, and charmingly mischievous grin. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "Elle Fanning on Starring in Miu Miu’s New Fragrance Campaign—And the One Look She’ll Never Try," 15 Jan. 2019 Families set out to gather the greens, then toss them with pert young scallions, vinegar and sometimes a shot of sweet sorghum syrup or honey. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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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


\ ˈpərt How to pronounce pert (audio) \

Kids Definition of pert

1 : rude and disrespectful : fresh
2 : perky

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