- sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie.
- sharp in character, spirit, or expression; cutting; biting: a tart remark.
Origin of tart1
- a small pie filled with cooked fruit or other sweetened preparation, usually having no top crust.
- a covered pie containing fruit or the like.
- Slang. a prostitute or promiscuous woman.
- tart up, Slang. to adorn, dress, or decorate, especially in a flamboyant manner: The old restaurant was tarted up to look like a Viennese café.
Origin of tart2
Examples from the Web for tart
She is routinely dismissed by Madrid wits as “a Danish tart.”Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
It was a candy-colored teen comedy that cut the usual sugar-sweetness with tart dialogue and sharp writing.'Glee' 100th Episode: The Sad Ballad of an Elderly Trainwreck
March 19, 2014
They taste of red and black berries, currants, cranberries, strawberries, mulberries and cherries, tart and sweet.The Drink All You Want Holiday Wine
December 21, 2013
Bake for 15 minutes, remove the tart shell, and reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C).Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook
October 15, 2013
But why do they have to tart up what used to be classy red carpet events or football extravaganzas?CBS Is Right to Ban the Boobs With Grammy Awards ‘Wardrobe Advisory’
February 10, 2013
Some tart messages and answers were exchanged on this occasion.
To be sent up with the cheese, or, if you like, with the tart.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
And should we bid him bring us yet another course, I trow his answer will be tart!A Tangled Tale
He changed his meat plate now, and helped him lavishly to tart.Dreamers of the Ghetto
As for her tart retorts, terrifying to bores and toadies, they only amused him.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- a pastry case often having no top crust, with a sweet or savoury filling
- (of a flavour, food, etc) sour, acid, or astringent
- cutting, sharp, or caustica tart remark
- informal a promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute: often a term of abuseSee also tart up
Word Origin and History for tart
"having a sharp taste," late 14c., perhaps from Old English teart "painful, sharp, severe" (in reference to punishment, pain, suffering), of unknown origin; possibly related to the root of teran "to tear." Figurative use, with reference to words, speech, etc., is attested from c.1600.
"small pie," c.1400, from Old French tarte "flat, open-topped pastry" (13c.), possibly an alteration of torte, from Late Latin torta "round loaf of bread" (in Medieval Latin "a cake, tart"), infl. in Middle English by tart (adj.).
"prostitute," 1887, from earlier use as a term of endearment to a girl or woman (1864), sometimes said to be a shortening of sweetheart. But another theory traces it to jam-tart (see tart (n.1)), which was British slang early 19c. for "attractive woman." To tart (something) up is from 1938.