malapert

[ mal-uh-purt ]
/ ˈmæl əˌpɜrt /
Archaic.

adjective

unbecomingly bold or saucy.

noun

a malapert person.

Origin of malapert

1375–1425; late Middle English: insolent < Middle French: unskillful. See mal-, pert

Related forms

mal·a·pert·ly, adverbmal·a·pert·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for malapert

malapert

/ (ˈmæləˌpɜːt) archaic, or literary /

adjective

saucy or impudent

noun

a saucy or impudent person

Derived Forms

malapertly, adverbmalapertness, noun

Word Origin for malapert

C15: from Old French: unskilful (see mal-, expert); meaning in English influenced by apert frank, from Latin apertus open
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