- unbecomingly bold or saucy.
- a malapert person.
Origin of malapert
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Examples from the Web for malapert
Malapert and Lehideux are still well represented in the Paris Directory.The Romance of Names
"I'll e'en fetch him to you myself, malapert," said Warrenton.Robin Hood
Another word of that kind, and I'll show you how malapert lads are treated.The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete
I will say what I will in mine own house, thou evil, malapert boy!The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn
One morning, his barber, a malapert of the old comedies, ventured to ask him what he was thinking of.
- saucy or impudent
- a saucy or impudent person
C15: from Old French: unskilful (see mal-, expert); meaning in English influenced by apert frank, from Latin apertus open
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Word Origin and History for malapert
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