Nature is despotic, and will not be fooled or abated of any jot of her authority by the pertest of her sons.
"pertest of songsters," the white-eyed vireo makes whatever neighborhood it enters lively at once.
Then, indeed, the vainest fops and pertest orange girls look round and listen too.
He raised his hand as the pertest of the maids would have answered him, and there followed an uncomfortable pause.
Then I laughed loudly—it was only a hare, the prettiest and pertest thing imaginable.
However, they put on their pertest manners, and went clustering after Hermod like a swarm of ladybirds.
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.
Pert (pûrt), Candace Beebe. Born 1946.
American biochemist noted for her study of brain chemicals and the locations of their receptors.