Dictionary.com

malapert

[ mal-uh-purt ]
/ ˈmæl əˌpɜrt /
Archaic.
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: malapert / malaperts on Thesaurus.com

adjective
unbecomingly bold or saucy.
noun
a malapert person.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of malapert

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

OTHER WORDS FROM malapert

mal·a·pert·ly, adverbmal·a·pert·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use malapert in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for malapert

malapert
/ (ˈmæləˌpɜːt) archaic, or literary /

adjective
saucy or impudent
noun
a saucy or impudent person

Derived forms of malapert

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK