- sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie.
- sharp in character, spirit, or expression; cutting; biting: a tart remark.
Origin of tart1
Examples from the Web for tarter
It was the drying up of her income which made her Tartar—we beg pardon, tarter and bonier than ever.The Countess of Charny
Alexandre Dumas (pere)
He saw heed caught a Tarter, in fact, a regular Tarter emetic, and he slunk away rather sudden.
This fantastical folly was in all degrees, from the courtier down to the tarter.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
The finger-nails should be kept cut, and the teeth should be cleaned every morning, and kept clear from tarter.Searchlights on Health
B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
I gave the woman a dose of creme of tarter and flour of Sulphur, and the man Some eye water.The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
- 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 tarter
"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.).