"Pretty well," answered Tess pertly, and measuring the blue water with her eye, she sent a flat stone skipping across it.
Nine o'clock, then; and we'll see if you'll talk as pertly afterwards.
It hasnt apparently prevented his turning up again, Felicia replied, pertly.
“I understood you were looking for a waitress,” the girl said pertly, with her eyes on Billy.
“Because I want to earn money,” replied Patty, not pertly, but in a tone of obstinate intent.
"As he paints, I suppose, you mean," pertly rejoined Mrs. Gruyère.
"Anybody would be frightened by being dogged about under the trees," she said pertly.
"That's what you read papa and everybody to sleep with," said Valetta pertly.
“All the more reason to wish for it,” maintained Jill pertly.
The hearer thought this over for a moment, and then pertly said: "Why don't 'Governor' Chase print some more?"
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.