malapert

[mal-uh-purt]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 formsmal·a·pert·ly, adverbmal·a·pert·ness, noun
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malapert

adjective

saucy or impudent

noun

a saucy or impudent person
Derived Formsmalapertly, 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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Word Origin and History for malapert
adj.

"impudent," early 15c., from Old French mal apert, literally "ill-skilled," from mal- "badly" (see mal-) + apert "skillful," variant of espert "experienced, skillful, clever" (from Latin expertus; see expert). Related: Malapertly; malapertness.

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