\ 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

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Thankfully, the result is a lot more pleasant than a wart. Ilana Masad, New York Times, "In This Novel, a Grieving Widow Becomes the Detective Hero," 20 Apr. 2018 Plantar warts, which are virally transmitted, cause rough, fleshy, painful growths on the bottom of the feet. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's How Often You Should Really Clean Your Yoga Mat," 12 Apr. 2019 Wiggle warts and rock crawlers are also working well in 5-8 feet of water. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Water temps creeping toward, into the lower 50s | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 Some of the devices, which are commonly radiofrequency- or laser-based, have legitimate uses such as removing warts or pre-cancerous vaginal or cervical tissue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t try to rejuvenate your vagina, FDA warns after scolding companies," 31 July 2018 What about using tea tree oil for things like cold sores and warts? Krissy Brady, SELF, "What Tea Tree Oil Can and Can’t Do for Your Skin," 4 Oct. 2018 The best of the bad options now is to accept Mrs. May’s plan, warts and all, and then focus on negotiating a better permanent free-trade relationship with Brussels and better economic policies at home. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Best Bad Brexit Deal," 14 Nov. 2018 Those throat warts can lead to symptoms like vocal changes, difficulty speaking, or shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Do I Lower the Risk of Getting an STI During Oral Sex?," 9 May 2018 But those warts are more easily concealed when Nola and Arrieta are your top two starters. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies' young rotation eager to learn from Jake Arrieta," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of wart

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


\ ˈwȯrt How to pronounce wart (audio) \

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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