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tart

adjective \ ˈtärt \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of tart

1 : agreeably sharp or acid to the taste
  • a tart apple
2 : marked by a biting, acrimonious, or cutting quality
  • a tart rejoinder

tartish

play \ˈtär-tish\ adjective

tartly

adverb

tartness

noun

Examples of tart in a Sentence

  1. The wine is rather tart.

  2. I didn't add enough sugar to the lemonade, and now it's way too tart.

Recent Examples of tart from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of tart

Middle English, from Old English teart sharp, severe; akin to Middle High German traz spite

tart Synonyms


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tart

noun

Definition of tart

1 : a dish baked in a pastry shell : pie: such as
a : a small pie or pastry shell without a top containing jelly, custard, or fruit
b : a small pie made of pastry folded over a filling
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[earlier slang, girlfriend, probably short for jam tart, rhyming slang for sweetheart]
: prostitute

Examples of tart in a Sentence

  1. the sort of skimpy outfit that could cause a girl to be mistaken for a tart

Recent Examples of tart from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of tart

Middle English tarte, from Anglo-French


TART Defined for English Language Learners

tart

adjective

Definition of tart for English Language Learners

  • : having a sharp or sour taste

  • : having a sharp and unkind quality


tart

noun

Definition of tart for English Language Learners

  • : an open pie that usually has a sweet filling (such as fruit or custard)

  • : a woman who wears very sexy clothing and has sex with many men


TART Defined for Kids

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tart

adjective \ ˈtärt \

Definition of tart for Students

tarter; tartest
1 : pleasantly sharp or sour to the taste
  • a tart apple
2 : having an unkind quality
  • a tart manner

tartly

adverb
  • “I haven't made up my mind,” said Marilla rather tartly.
  • —Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

tartness

noun

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tart

noun

Definition of tart for Students

: an often small pie usually with no top crust


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