pert

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adjective \ˈpərt\

Definition of pert

  1. 1 a :  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>

  2. 2 :  lively, vivacious

pertly

adverb

pertness

noun

Examples of pert in a sentence

  1. <a pert girl who is a member of the cheerleading squad>

  2. <a pert retort that irritated the teacher>

Origin and Etymology of pert

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


First Known Use: 14th century


PERT Defined for English Language Learners

pert

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adjective \ˈpərt\

Definition of pert for English Language Learners

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

  • : small and attractive


PERT Defined for Kids

pert

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adjective \ˈpərt\

Definition of pert for Students

  1. 1 :  rude and disrespectful :  fresh

  2. 2 :  perky


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