unbecomingly bold or saucy.
Origin of malapert
1375–1425; late Middle English:Related formsmal·a·pert·ly, adverbmal·a·pert·ness, noun
insolent < Middle French:
unskillful. See mal-
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Historical Examples of malapert
Malapert and Lehideux are still well represented in the Paris Directory.
"I'll e'en fetch him to you myself, malapert," said Warrenton.
Another word of that kind, and I'll show you how malapert lads are treated.
I will say what I will in mine own house, thou evil, malapert boy!
One morning, his barber, a malapert of the old comedies, ventured to ask him what he was thinking of.
British Dictionary definitions for malapert
Derived Formsmalapertly, adverbmalapertness, noun
a saucy or impudent person
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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