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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERTNESS

And Garnache cursed this pertness of hers which was serving to dare him on.

Then, mindful of her manners, she tempered the pertness with a smile.

The Lords do not encourage wit, and so are obliged to put up with pertness.

The pertness of tone and words, alike, fanned his father's resentment into a blaze.

His pertness is all in his appearance; never did looks so belie a timid character!

Polly held her head high at the thought that he had not forgotten her pertness.

And I like her better so, than to answer pert with pertness.

Come, come, no pertness—but let me bid you welcome to the castle.

Now all her pertness to the former, she says, fly in her face.

Almost Kenny could see him chirking up into insolence and the pertness of a bird.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (implied in pertly), "evident, unconcealed," shortened form of Middle English apert "open, frank," from Old French apert, from Latin apertus, past participle of aperire "to open" (see overt). Sense of "saucy, bold" first recorded late 14c. Less pejorative meaning "lively, brisk, in good spirits" (c.1500) survives in U.S. dialectal peart (with Middle English alternative spelling). Related: Pertness.

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