One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lively; cheerful.‘the man was right peart in his walking’cheerful, happy, jolly, merry, bright, sunny, joyous, light-hearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, effervescent, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, breezy, airy, cheery, sprightly, jaunty, smiling, grinning, beaming, laughing, mirthful, radiantView synonyms
Late 15th century: variant of pert.
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