1
a
: 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
3
a
: one that suggests a wart especially in smallness, unpleasantness, or unattractiveness
b
: defect, imperfection
often used in the phrase warts and all
warted adjective
wartless adjective
warty adjective

Examples of wart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surgical procedures performed in the nail bed (such as removal of a wart) can also result in permanent onycholysis because of permanent scar tissue that is formed. Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 9 May 2024 This had to have all the warts in it in order to tell the truth. USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 Their bodies are covered in warts and lumps of various sizes and shapes. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 Why Trust Verywell Health has been a freelance writer since 2017, creating health commerce articles, product reviews, and shopping guides on everything from dry skin moisturizers and wart removers to menstrual cups and toothbrushes for braces. Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2024 Teams should be lining up to hire him … and the Titans should get prepared to learn how many warts Vrabel masked for an average-at-best roster. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 But a 30-minute analysis of the first 100 results will give you an unbiased (warts and all) overview of the digital state of the company. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Be Vulnerable And Candid Share yourself—warts and all. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Why Trust Verywell Health Sarah Bradley has been a freelance writer since 2017, tackling health commerce articles, product reviews, and shopping guides on everything from dry skin moisturizers and wart removers to menstrual cups and toothbrushes for braces. Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
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 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

wart

noun
1
: a small hard growth on the skin often caused by a virus
2
: something that sticks out (as on a plant) and resembles a wart
warty adjective

Medical Definition

wart

noun
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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