- 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 tartness
Some dried cranberries for tartness and a sprinkle of sea salt make these my all-time favorite cookies.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
November 28, 2014
There was a tartness in his tone evoked by the tartness she had used.Captain Blood
"You mean you never formed any, I suppose," I returned with some tartness.The Celebrity, Complete
Some of these had at least the merit of tartness and humour.Bibliomania; or Book-Madness
Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Sprinkle a little flour and sugar, according to the tartness of the fruit.The Vegetarian Cook Book
E. G. Fulton
I was glad to see how free the answer was from all tartness or conceit.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)
- 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 tartness
"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.).