pertly


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pert

 (pûrt)
adj. pert·er, pert·est
1.
a. High-spirited, lively, or cheerful: A pert receptionist greets each client.
b. Impudently bold; saucy: He was pert to his teacher. She gave a pert answer.
2.
a. Attractive or stylish in appearance: a pert hat.
b. Small or firm and well-formed: a pert nose.

[Middle English, unconcealed, bold, short for apert, obvious, frank (probably influenced by Old French aspert, espert, clever), from Old French, from Latin apertus, open, past participle of aperīre, to open; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

pert′ly adv.
pert′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.pertly - in an impudent or impertinent manner; "a lean, swarthy fellow was peering through the window, grinning impudently"
Translations

pertly

[ˈpɜːtlɪ] ADV [reply] → descaradamente; [sit, pose] → con coquetería

pertly

advkeck, kess; (= impudently)keck

pertly

[ˈpɜːtlɪ] adv (reply, smile) → impudentemente
References in classic literature ?
I remembered her tripping briskly about the dining-room on her high heels, carrying a big trayful of dishes, glancing rather pertly at the spruce travelling men, and contemptuously at the scrubby ones-- who were so afraid of her that they didn't dare to ask for two kinds of pie.
Papa told me; and papa does not tell falsehoods,' she answered pertly.
At another, she was to stop, toss her head, and look pertly at the audience -- she did it.
On being told that there was not one in the house, she scolded her maid so unreasonably that the girl said pertly that if she were to be spoken to like that she should wish to leave when her month was up.
As I have said, Nature keeps these sovereignties in her own hands, and however pertly our sermons and disciplines would divide some share of credit, and teach that the laws fashion the citizen, she goes her own gait and puts the wisest in the wrong.
It looked sullen and pig-headed enough, even then; carrying its handle with an air of defiance, and cocking its spout pertly and mockingly at Mrs.
This awful threat quite took Polly's breath away; but Fanny had heard it before, and having a temper of her own, said, pertly, "I 'm sure I have n't done anything so very dreadful.
Not if I am putting you in peril of your life, ma'am," I answered, pertly enough, pointing to the paper in her hand.