American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

Author: Noah Webster


PERT, a.

1. Lively; brisk; smart.

Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth.

On the lawny sands and shelves,

Trip the pert fairies, and the dapper elves.

2. Forward; saucy; bold; indecorously free.

A lady bids me in a very pert manner mind my own affairs--