pert

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Aphetic form of apert.

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Adjective[edit]

pert (comparative perter, superlative pertest)

  1. Attractive (of a person); well-formed, shapely (of a part of the body). [from 14th c.]
  2. Lively; alert and cheerful; bright. [from 16th c.]
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 1:
      "Go Philostrate, Stirre vp the Athenian youth to merriments, Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth"
  3. (now rare) Cheeky, impertinent (especially of children or social inferiors). [from 15th c.]
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 333:
      "You'll not be so pert when the Cornish seize you. They spit children like you and roast them on bonfires."
  4. (obsolete) Open; evident; unhidden; apert. [14th-17th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)

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Verb[edit]

pert (third-person singular simple present perts, present participle perting, simple past and past participle perted)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To behave with pertness.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pars, partem.

Noun[edit]

pert f (plural pertes)

  1. part

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pert

  1. pretty, attractive
  2. quaint

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
pert bert mhert phert