There are 2 main definitions of pert in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəːt


1(Of a girl or young woman) attractively lively or cheeky: a pert, slightly plump girl called Rose
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  • The fate of their characters suggests that women who are not young, pert secretaries or household workers have no real hope of sexual fulfillment and can find only a compromised, damaged form of love.
  • But she's not actually ugly; she's just pert and smart-mouthed and has a sexy voice, completely according with that romcom genre convention of the comic sidekick to the heroine.
  • Various aristocratic women round out the picture, which also includes his ardently supportive young secretary and his pert fiancée.
1.1Impudent or cheeky: no need to be pert, miss
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  • He, on the other hand, is impudent, and addresses the Lord with pert familiarity.
  • The term ‘esquire’, like that of ‘gentleman’, was gradually applied to any man as a suffix, and its final degradation was as a 20th-cent. term of pert familiarity.
  • We were just confronted with this very pert young lady screaming blue murder on her front building site.
British informal saucy
North American informal sassy, nervy, smart-assed
archaic malapert
2(Of a bodily feature or garment) attractively small and well shaped: she had a pert nose and deep blue eyes
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  • Her neatly shaped face boasted high cheekbones and a pert pug nose, beneath which a firm pink mouth was drawn into a seductive glower.
  • It framed a little heart shaped face with big eyes, a pert nose and a neat, bow shaped mouth.
  • She is sturdy and curvy with a pert upturned nose and shiny brown pigtails.
jaunty, neat, trim, stylish, smart, spruce, perky, rakish
informal natty
North American saucy


Middle English (in the sense 'manifest'): from Old French apert, from Latin apertus 'opened', past participle of aperire, reinforced by Old French aspert, from Latin expertus (see expert).



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  • The eldest, Gloria, is a poised beauty, while Dolly and Phil are pertly precocious.
  • And Sunday shirts were always white with collars starched to make them stand up pertly around the neck.
  • ‘I'm not sure that's polite,’ Sunny said pertly.

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