Definition of pertness:
sauciness, vivacity, LAN, boldness, disrespect, intrusiveness, ginger, face, archness, attitude, rudeness, perkiness, temerity, cheek, audaciousness, bounce, officiousness, dash, audacity, life, forwardness, crust, zip, presumption, vim, cheekiness, presumptuousness, peppiness, familiarity, buoyancy, pep, brashness, brassiness, nerviness, gall, impudence, insolence, oomph, assumption, liveliness, vivaciousness, brio, incivility, vigor, sassiness, uppishness, freshness, esprit, impertinence, discourtesy, sauce, animation, uppityness, brazenness, spirit, action, brass, nerve, pushiness, verve, assurance, effrontery, sparkle, chutzpah, courtesy, overconfidence, impudency.
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.
- "Donal Grant", George MacDonald.
- "The Awakening of Helena Richie", Margaret Deland.