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[purt] /pɜrt/
adjective, perter, pertest.
boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; saucy.
jaunty and stylish; chic; natty.
lively; sprightly; in good health.
Obsolete. clever.
Origin of pert
1200-50; Middle English, aphetic variant of apert < Old French < Latin apertus open (past participle of aperīre; see aperient); in Middle English and Old French, influenced by Old French aspert < Latin expertus expert
Related forms
pertly, adverb
pertness, noun
1. presumptuous, impudent.


[purt] /pɜrt/
a management method of controlling and analyzing a system or program using periodic time and money reports, often computer generated, to determine dollar and labor status at any given time.
P(rogram) E(valuation and) R(eview) T(echnique)


pertaining. Unabridged
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  • pert and bright young men in these times often talk as he did, but do not know enough to see their own shallowness.

  • She was as pert a little maid as ever I knew, and but little deserved her name of Meliora.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Much less did I imply that Mr. Darwin was pert: pert is one of the last words that can be applied to Mr. Darwin.

    Unconscious Memory Samuel Butler
  • She had always said since her childhood that a robin bewitched her—he was so happy and so pert.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Teta answered, "Rut-tetet will give them birth on the fifteenth day of the first month of pert."

  • A pert reply to persons who say they wonder how you could have done so and so.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • "pert" was the mildest term to which Hal reduced his characterization of Miss Pierce, by the time the one-step ended.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • And in fact he had not been at the Holt since, as a pert boy, he had found it ‘slow.’

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Even quite little things are pert and independent, and give me the idea of being very much spoiled.

British Dictionary definitions for pert


saucy, impudent, or forward
jaunty: a pert little hat
(obsolete) clever or brisk
Derived Forms
pertly, adverb
pertness, noun
Word Origin
C13: variant of earlier apert, from Latin apertus open, from aperīre to open; influenced by Old French aspert, from Latin expertusexpert


noun acronym
programme evaluation and review technique
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Word Origin and History for pert

c.1300 (implied in pertly), "evident, unconcealed," shortened form of Middle English apert "open, frank," from Old French apert, from Latin apertus, past participle 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. dialectal peart (with Middle English alternative spelling). Related: Pertness.

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pert in Medicine

Pert (pûrt), Candace Beebe. Born 1946.

American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.

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pert in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for pert


program evaluation and review technique


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