wart

[ wawrt ]
/ wɔrt /

noun

a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus.
any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants, the skin of certain animals, etc.
any unattractive detrimental feature or aspect: The biography presents the full story of the prime minister's political career, warts and all.

Nearby words

  1. warsaw pact,
  2. warsaw treaty organization,
  3. warship,
  4. warsle,
  5. warszawa,
  6. wart cress,
  7. wart snake,
  8. warta,
  9. wartburg,
  10. warthin's tumor

Origin of wart

before 900; Middle English; Old English wearte; cognate with German Warze, Old Norse varta; akin to Latin verrūca wart

Related formswart·ed, adjectivewart·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wart

wart

/ (wɔːt) /

noun

Also called: verruca pathol any firm abnormal elevation of the skin caused by a virus
botany a small rounded outgrowth
warts and all with all blemishes evident
Derived Formswarted, adjectivewartlike, adjectivewarty, adjective

Word Origin for wart

Old English weart (e); related to Old High German warza, Old Norse varta

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Word Origin and History for wart

wart

n.

Old English wearte, from Proto-Germanic *warton- (cf. Old Norse varta, Old Frisian warte, Dutch wrat, Old High German warza, German warze "wart"), from PIE root *wer- (1) "high, raised spot on the body, or other bodily infirmity" (cf. Latin verruca "swelling, wart;" see vary). Phrase warts and all "without concealment of blemishes" is attested from 1763, supposedly from Oliver Cromwell's instruction to his portrait painter.

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Medicine definitions for wart

wart

[ wôrt ]

n.

A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin and is caused by infection with certain viruses; it typically occurs on the hands or feet.verruca verruga

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Science definitions for wart

wart

[ wôrt ]

A small growth on the skin caused by a virus, occurring typically on the hands or feet.
A similar growth on a plant, especially one caused by a fungal disease.
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