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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peart \Peart\ (p[=e]rt), a. [A variant of pert, a.] Active; lively; brisk; smart; -- often applied to convalescents; as, she is quite peart to-day. [O. Eng. & Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] There was a tricksy girl, I wot, albeit clad in gray, As peart as bird, as straight as bolt, as fresh as flowers in May. --Warner (1592). [1913 Webster]