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Webster 1913 Edition


Pertness

Pert′ness

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Noun.
The quality or state of being pert.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pertness

PERT'NESS

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Noun.
Briskness; smartness.
1.
Sauciness; forward promptness or boldness; implying less than effrontery or impudence.
Pertness and ignorance may ask a question in three lines, which it will cost learning and ingenuity thirty pages to answer.
2.
Petty liveliness; sprightliness without force,dignity or solidity.
There is in Shaftsbury's works a lively pertness and a parade of literature.

Definition 2022


pertness

pertness

English

Noun

pertness (countable and uncountable, plural pertnesses)

  1. The quality of being pert; cheekiness, impudence.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1021:
      He was completely bald and had a heavy, Chinese-looking countenance which contained, deeply embedded, two eyes of penetration and pertness, always twinkling on the edge of laughter.
  2. The quality of being pert; firmness (usually of breasts).

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