There are 2 definitions of PERT in English:

PERT

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abbreviation

  • Programme evaluation and review technique.

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noun
a small amount; a little

There are 2 definitions of PERT in English:

pert

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Pronunciation: /pəːt
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    impudent, impertinent, cheeky, irreverent, forward, insolent, disrespectful, flippant, familiar, presumptuous, audacious, bold, bold as brass, brazen, cocky, out of line, shameless
    informal fresh, flip, lippy, mouthy, smart-arsed
    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.
    Synonyms
    jaunty, neat, trim, stylish, smart, spruce, perky, rakish
    informal natty
    North American saucy

Derivatives

pertly

adverb
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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.

Origin

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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