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tart

1
[tahrt]
adjective, tart·er, tart·est.
  1. sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie.
  2. sharp in character, spirit, or expression; cutting; biting: a tart remark.
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Origin of tart

1
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
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Historical Examples of tartly

  • "No, it's my belief he could not," tartly chimed in Jenkins's lady.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • "I don't believe he's worse at all," returned Roland, tartly.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • "That's what it's full of most of the time," interrupted Asaph tartly.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Skunks are always afraid of snakes, they tell me," he observed, tartly.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Henry tartly replied, "I had rather be plundered by my enemies than by my friends."


British Dictionary definitions for tartly

tart

1
noun
  1. a pastry case often having no top crust, with a sweet or savoury filling
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Word Origin for tart

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

tart

2
adjective
  1. (of a flavour, food, etc) sour, acid, or astringent
  2. cutting, sharp, or caustica tart remark
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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

tart

3
noun
  1. informal a promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute: often a term of abuseSee also tart up
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Derived Formstarty, adjective

Word Origin for tart

C19: shortened from sweetheart
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Word Origin and History for tartly

tart

n.2

"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.

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tart

adj.

"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.

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tart

n.1

"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.).

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