\ ˈwȯrt How to pronounce wart (audio) \

Definition of wart

1a : a horny projection on the skin usually of the extremities produced by proliferation of the skin papillae and caused by any of numerous human papillomaviruses

called also verruca vulgaris

b : any of numerous similar skin lesions not caused by viruses
2 : an excrescence or protuberance resembling a true wart especially : a glandular excrescence or hardened protuberance on a plant
3a : one that suggests a wart especially in smallness, unpleasantness, or unattractiveness
b : defect, imperfection often used in the phrase warts and all

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Other Words from wart

warted \ ˈwȯr-​təd How to pronounce warted (audio) \ adjective
wartless \ ˈwȯrt-​ləs How to pronounce wartless (audio) \ adjective
warty \ ˈwȯr-​tē How to pronounce warty (audio) \ adjective

Examples of wart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My finger looked like a huge, black, puss-oozing wart. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "Don’t Get Bit: Ultimate Snake Survival Guide," 23 July 2014 But as happens so often during the draft process, warts began to appear on the top prospect. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Keith McCants’ road from No. 1 NFL draft prospect to cautionary tale," 22 Apr. 2020 The hair on his head sprouted in clumps; his face and hands were covered in warts. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Paramount Pictures have been brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Elton’s extraordinary life, warts and all. Nick Holdsworth, Billboard, "Elton John & 'Rocketman' Filmmakers Slam Russia's Decision to Cut Sex Scenes," 31 May 2019 Offering an all-encompassing practice that people travel all over the world to experience, Westlake Dermatology provides medical dermatology with a full range of skincare treatments dealing with acne, rashes, warts, hair loss, etc. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "West University place gets upgraded dermatology options," 23 Mar. 2020 The documentary is a warts-and-all look at Clinton's life, from her childhood in a Chicago suburb to the 2016 presidential election, through her tumultuous campaign and shocking loss to Donald Trump. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Tennessee, Hillary Clinton docuseries, SpaceX launch: 5 things to know this Friday," 6 Mar. 2020 No matter the checkpoint, the Stars have consistently been one of the best teams in the league, even if their game has warts (not enough scoring and an overreliance on the power play and goaltending). Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Why the Dallas Stars elected to not make major moves at the NHL trade deadline," 24 Feb. 2020 Fortunately for Mack, his resume doesn’t come with many of the warts other backs have on theirs. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Source: Colts working toward contract extension with RB Marlon Mack," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of wart

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wart

Middle English, from Old English wearte; akin to Old High German warza wart, Old Church Slavonic vrědŭ injury

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The first known use of wart was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wart. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wart

: a small, hard lump on the skin caused by a virus
: a defect or fault


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Kids Definition of wart

: a small hard lump of thickened skin caused by a virus


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Medical Definition of wart

1 : a horny projection on the skin usually of the extremities produced by proliferation of the skin papillae and caused by any of numerous genotypes of the human papillomavirus — see flat wart, genital wart, plantar wart, verruca vulgaris
2 : any of numerous warty skin lesions not caused by human papillomaviruses

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