[ tahrt ]
/ tɑrt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. tarsoplasty,
  2. tarsorrhaphy,
  3. tarsotarsal,
  4. tarsotomy,
  5. tarsus,
  6. tart cell,
  7. tart up,
  8. tartan,
  9. tartanry,
  10. tartar

Origin of tart

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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British Dictionary definitions for tartness


/ (tɑːt) /


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


/ (tɑːt) /


(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


/ (tɑːt) /


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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Word Origin and History for tartness
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