Definition of pertness in English:



  • 1The quality of being attractively neat and jaunty.

    • ‘P would wear these semi-see-thru tops and her nipples would be poking through almost skyward in their pertness: they were amazing I tell you, I was transfixed.’
    • ‘Indeed there's a very animated conversation about whether one should compromise jiggliness for pertness.’
    • ‘So there's Girl and NML parading around in thongs of varying stringiness and bottom pertness, making we mere bottom-mortals feel bad.’
    • ‘The mate replied in the affirmative and commented on the pertness of her breasts.’
    • ‘We were impressed with the pertness of her breasts.’
    impudence, impertinence, cheek, cheekiness, sauciness, effrontery, irreverence, insolence, disrespect, disrespectfulness, flippancy, presumption, presumptuousness, audacity, audaciousness, boldness, brazenness, forwardness, cockiness, shamelessness
    mouth, neck, brass neck, nerve
    sassiness, sass, chutzpah, a smart mouth
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  • 2Impudence; cheek.

    • ‘"That is what I meant by her pertness," said Mrs Corey, when they were driving away.’
    • ‘One knows this is fun, pertness, cartoon, because it skates on our experience rather than probes it.’
    • ‘They were often allowed considerable licence, though pertness had its dangers.’
    • ‘Finley has looks, a voice and that ageless soubrette pertness - the total musical comedy package.’
    • ‘Darcy could perceive from the twinkle in her eyes and the hint of pertness in her tone that there was more to her statement than she was willing to contribute.’
    • ‘I tried for pertness.’
    • ‘Her rich, clear soprano captures infinite shadings of mock-hauteur, pertness and good humour.’