sauciness, chutzpah, crust, ginger, life, courtesy, incivility, brio, uppityness, attitude, impertinence, assumption, rudeness, impudence, officiousness, vivacity, pep, overconfidence, freshness, vivaciousness, action, perkiness, familiarity, sassiness, oomph, gall, insolence, intrusiveness, vigor, presumption, sauce, dash, forwardness, buoyancy, disrespect, cheek, boldness, peppiness, brass, cheekiness, audaciousness, vim, discourtesy, esprit, impudency, bounce, liveliness, brassiness, uppishness, spirit, brashness, zip, verve, archness, effrontery, face, assurance, pushiness, nerviness, brazenness, nerve, sparkle, temerity, LAN, presumptuousness, animation
insolence (part of speech: noun)
- Overlooking my pertness he went on: " Mayor Shelby was at home with Mrs. Augusta for two hours after dinner and, as I came by the post- office, I heard him telling Polk in remarkably chastened, if not entirely chaste language, that it was 'better to let the women have their kick- up on a feeding proposition than on something worse, ' as he classically put it." - "The Tinder-Box", Maria Thompson Daviess.
- But by and by she began occasionally to show, both in manner and countenance, a little of the old pertness, mingled with uneasiness. - "Donal Grant", George MacDonald.
- And the gentleman with no shirt said in a grave aside to Dr. Lavendar that the present generation was inclined to pertness. - "The Awakening of Helena Richie", Margaret Deland.