Definition of


  1. (adj, all) characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality

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Synonyms of Pert

impertinent, irreverent, saucy

Alternate forms of Pert

Derivations: pertness

Origin of the word Pert

  1. c.1300 (implied in pertly), "evident, unconcealed," aphetic form of apert "open, frank," from O.Fr. apert, from L. apertus, pp. of aperire "to open" (see overt). Sense of "saucy, bold" first recorded late 14c. Less pejorative meaning "lively, brisk, in good spirits" (c.1500) survives in U.S. dial. peart (with M.E. alternative spelling). more

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