pert

[[t]pɜ͟ː(r)t[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED If someone describes a young woman as pert, they mean that they like her because she is lively and not afraid to say what she thinks. This use could cause offence.

A pert redhead in uniform read off the printed schedule for him.

...pert replies by servant girls.

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2) ADJ (approval) If you say that someone has, for example, a pert bottom or nose, you mean that it is quite small and neat, and you think it is attractive.

But there is more to Charles than his pert bottom and hairy chest.

...the tiny drops of rain gleaming on her wide forehead and her pert nose.


English dictionary. 2008.

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