Definition of pertness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpərtnəs/


  • 1The quality of being attractively neat and jaunty.

    • ‘The mate replied in the affirmative and commented on the pertness of her breasts.’
    • ‘We were impressed with the pertness of her breasts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    impudence, impertinence, cheek, cheekiness, sauciness, effrontery, irreverence, insolence, disrespect, disrespectfulness, flippancy, presumption, presumptuousness, audacity, audaciousness, boldness, brazenness, forwardness, cockiness, shamelessness
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  • 2Impudence; cheek.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"That is what I meant by her pertness," said Mrs Corey, when they were driving away.’
    • ‘I tried for pertness.’
    • ‘Her rich, clear soprano captures infinite shadings of mock-hauteur, pertness and good humour.’
    • ‘One knows this is fun, pertness, cartoon, because it skates on our experience rather than probes it.’