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adj. pert·er, pert·est
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.
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.]
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|Noun||1.||pertness - inappropriate playfulness|
|2.||pertness - quality of being lively and confident; "there was a pertness about her that attracted him"|
1. A lively, emphatic, eager quality or manner:
animation, bounce, brio, dash, élan, esprit, life, liveliness, sparkle, spirit, verve, vigor, vim, vivaciousness, vivacity, zip.
2. The state or quality of being impudent or arrogantly self-confident:
assumption, audaciousness, audacity, boldness, brashness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, chutzpah, discourtesy, disrespect, effrontery, face, familiarity, forwardness, gall, impertinence, impudence, impudency, incivility, insolence, nerve, nerviness, overconfidence, presumptuousness, pushiness, rudeness, sassiness, sauciness.