pert

Pert \Pert\, a. [An aphetic form of OE. & OF. apert open, known, true, free, or impudent. See {Apert}.] 1. Open; evident; apert. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. Lively; brisk; sprightly; smart. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Indecorously free, or presuming; saucy; bold; impertinent. ``A very pert manner.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster] The squirrel, flippant, pert, and full of play. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]