unbecomingly bold or saucy.


a malapert person.

Nearby words

  1. malan, daniel françois,
  2. malanders,
  3. malang,
  4. malanga,
  5. malanje,
  6. malapportioned,
  7. malaprop,
  8. malaprop, mrs.,
  9. malapropism,
  10. malapropos

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malapert



saucy or impudent


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



"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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