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Definition attractively small & well-shaped
  • He has nothing in the world that I know of but a dozen or two of early masters and a more or less pert little daughter.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Link Stevens appeared suddenly to grow lax, shriveled, to lose all his peculiar pert brightness, to weaken and age.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • "Yes, she did," said another Squirrel, even perter.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • With sunlight not on my helmet I could see stars, but inner pert of binox were hard to position—had to twist around and raise up on right elbow.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • [Smiling at her pertness.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • A pert servant, Master Samwise.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • You look pert this mornin', sir.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The pert, meagre word fell to the ground.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • She saw Martin come aboard at Blackwater, and pertly noted the friends who saw him off—two Englishmen, one puffy, one rangy, and a drylooking Scotsman.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • This pert Berowne was out of countenance quite.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • — Now come, my Ariel! bring a corollary, Rather than want a spirit: appear, and pertly.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • —Here cometh the worthy prelate, as pert as a pyet.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • We been living in Knoxvul since pert near two years before Rufus was born.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Her pert face looked up at him, half serious, half amused.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • LIZA [pertly] You'd better leave a note for Mrs. Pearce about the coffee; for she won't be told by me.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Ruthie said pertly, "It ain't no crazier'n a lot of things.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • 25 for a bottle of Pert, or $16 for a box fan.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • So you, a pert Puss, would look upon him face to face.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • With a pert little glance toward the storeroom that said she was letting them out a minute early, she waved her magic ruler and released them.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • Of all I've seen, beyond compare; So sweetly virtuous and pure, And yet a little pert, be sure!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust

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