Definition of pert adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɜːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrt//
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  1. 1(especially of a girl or young woman) showing a lack of respect, especially in a cheerful and amusing way synonym impudent a pert reply
  2. 2(of a part of the body) small, firm and attractive a pert nose pert features
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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, past participle of experiri ‘try’.
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