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tart

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[ tahrt ]
/ tɑrt /
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adjective, tart·er, tart·est.

sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie.
sharp in character, spirit, or expression; cutting; biting: a tart remark.

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dry, short, astringent, cutting, caustic, sharp, acid, wounding, bun, roll, Danish, pie, eclair, popover, turnover, acerbic, acidulous, acrimonious, barbed, biting

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tarsoplasty, tarsorrhaphy, tarsotarsal, tarsotomy, tarsus, tart, tart cell, tart up, tartan, tartanry, tartar

Origin of tart

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before 1000; Middle English; Old English teart sharp, rough; akin to Dutch tarten to defy, Middle High German traz defiance
Related formstart·ish, adjectivetart·ish·ly, adverbtart·ly, adverbtart·ness, noun

Definition for tart (2 of 2)

tart

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[ tahrt ]
/ tɑrt /

noun

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.

Verb Phrases

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 tart

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1350–1400; 1905–10 for def 3; Middle English tarte < Middle French; compare Medieval Latin tarta
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British Dictionary definitions for tart (1 of 3)

tart

1
/ (tɑːt) /

noun

a pastry case often having no top crust, with a sweet or savoury filling

Word Origin for tart

C14: from Old French tarte, of uncertain origin; compare Medieval Latin tarte

British Dictionary definitions for tart (2 of 3)

tart

2
/ (tɑːt) /

adjective

(of a flavour, food, etc) sour, acid, or astringent
cutting, sharp, or caustica tart remark
Derived Formstartish, adjectivetartishly, adverbtartly, adverbtartness, noun

Word Origin for tart

Old English teart rough; related to Dutch tarten to defy, Middle High German traz defiance

British Dictionary definitions for tart (3 of 3)

tart

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/ (tɑːt) /

noun

informal a promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute: often a term of abuseSee also tart up
Derived Formstarty, adjective

Word Origin for tart

C19: shortened from sweetheart
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