Pronunciation Adjective

pert (comparative perter, superlative pertest)

  1. (of a person) Attractive.
  2. (of a part of the body) Well-formed, shapely. [from 14th c.]
    pert breasts
  3. Lively; alert and cheerful; bright. [from 16th c.]
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 1:
      "Go Philostrate, Stirre vp the Athenian youth to merriments, Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth"
    • 2001, Donald Spoto, Marilyn Monroe: The Biography, chapter 1, gbooks :
      He was instantly attracted to Gladys's pert, fey humor and her good nature.
  4. (now rare, especially of children or social inferiors) Cheeky, impertinent. [from 15th c.]
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 333:
      "You'll not be so pert when the Cornish seize you. They spit children like you and roast them on bonfires."
  5. (obsolete) Open; evident; unhidden; apert. [14th-17th c.]
  6. (obsolete) Clever.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Verb

pert (perts, present participle perting; past and past participle perted)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To behave with pertness.

pert (plural perts)

  1. (obsolete) An impudent person.


pert (uncountable)

  1. (operations) Acronym of program evaluation and review technique

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