- a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus.
- any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants, the skin of certain animals, etc.
- any unattractive detrimental feature or aspect: The biography presents the full story of the prime minister's political career, warts and all.
- venereal wart.
Origin of wart
Examples from the Web for wart
In the limelight, every glitch and wart becomes an eyesore for an international audience.Rio Buildings’ Collapse New Sign of World Cup Headache for Brazil
January 28, 2012
What is it when one kisses his mistress' freckle neck, another the wart on her nose?The Praise of Folly
That was my school nickname, from a wart I once had on my chin.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Her lips drooped at the corners and there was a wart upon her chin.Master of the Vineyard
He discovers a wart, he pries into a pore; and he calls it knowledge of man.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
He had a wart on his cheek, and wore a straw hat summer and winter.The Goose Man
- Also called: verruca pathol any firm abnormal elevation of the skin caused by a virus
- botany a small rounded outgrowth
- warts and all with all blemishes evident
Word Origin and History for wart
Old English wearte, from Proto-Germanic *warton- (cf. Old Norse varta, Old Frisian warte, Dutch wrat, Old High German warza, German warze "wart"), from PIE root *wer- (1) "high, raised spot on the body, or other bodily infirmity" (cf. Latin verruca "swelling, wart;" see vary). Phrase warts and all "without concealment of blemishes" is attested from 1763, supposedly from Oliver Cromwell's instruction to his portrait painter.
- A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin and is caused by infection with certain viruses; it typically occurs on the hands or feet.verruca verruga
- A small growth on the skin caused by a virus, occurring typically on the hands or feet.
- A similar growth on a plant, especially one caused by a fungal disease.