- a small pie filled with cooked fruit or other sweetened preparation, usually having no top crust.
- a covered pie containing fruit or the like.
- Slang. a prostitute or promiscuous woman.
- tart up, Slang. to adorn, dress, or decorate, especially in a flamboyant manner: The old restaurant was tarted up to look like a Viennese café.
Origin of tart2
- to dress and make (oneself) up in a provocative way
- to decorate or improve the appearance ofto tart up a bar
- a pastry case often having no top crust, with a sweet or savoury filling
- (of a flavour, food, etc) sour, acid, or astringent
- cutting, sharp, or caustica tart remark
- informal a promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute: often a term of abuseSee also tart up
Word Origin and History for tart up
"prostitute," 1887, from earlier use as a term of endearment to a girl or woman (1864), sometimes said to be a shortening of sweetheart. But another theory traces it to jam-tart (see tart (n.1)), which was British slang early 19c. for "attractive woman." To tart (something) up is from 1938.
"having a sharp taste," late 14c., perhaps from Old English teart "painful, sharp, severe" (in reference to punishment, pain, suffering), of unknown origin; possibly related to the root of teran "to tear." Figurative use, with reference to words, speech, etc., is attested from c.1600.
"small pie," c.1400, from Old French tarte "flat, open-topped pastry" (13c.), possibly an alteration of torte, from Late Latin torta "round loaf of bread" (in Medieval Latin "a cake, tart"), infl. in Middle English by tart (adj.).