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

Historical Examples

  • The spores are salmon-color, in some cases rather pale, smooth or warted.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • Under the lens the warted, not reticulate, spores are diagnostic.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

  • Their bodies were covered with a hairless skin, reddish pink in color, wrinkled and warted and plainly extremely thick.

  • I piled a generous measure of dripping leaves and moist earth over his warted back.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • The cap is yellowish and warted, and specimens occur in which the stem and gills are slightly tinged with yellow.

British Dictionary definitions for warted


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

Word Origin

Old English weart (e); related to Old High German warza, Old Norse varta
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Word Origin and History for warted



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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warted in Medicine


  1. 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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warted in Science


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