adjective Etymology: Middle English, evident, attractive, saucy, short for apert evident, from Anglo-French, from Latin apertus open, from past participle of aperire to open Date: 14th century 1. a. saucily free and forward ; flippantly cocky and assured b. being trim and chic ; jaunty <
a pert little hat
c. piquantly stimulating <
is a pert notion
2. lively, vivaciouspertly adverbpertness noun

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