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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 Center Hassan Whiteside says everything will fall into place once their three-point warts are covered up. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ defense ‘a concern,' but they insist it will get better with time," 7 Nov. 2019 This team has too many warts, injuries, weaknesses and issues to be considered a contender, or to even beat one. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions have too many flaws — and now injuries — to be a contender," 20 Oct. 2019 The only wart on their final line was the final quarter. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers use key coach’s challenge to beat Dallas Mavericks 121-119: Game rewind," 27 Oct. 2019 The rank and file have accepted that the current system works, albeit with some warts. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking at the legacy of Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs," 7 Sep. 2019 But the first half wasn’t without its warts penalty-wise. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park opens new campaign by surprising Port Arthur Memorial 25-20," 31 Aug. 2019 Most normal people still know better than to just be themselves, warts and all, when entrusted with responsibility. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "A Slow News Month for Trump," 23 Aug. 2019 But new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo at least partially camouflages these warts with disguised five-man pressures in front of two-deep match-zone coverages. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Chiefs Boast a League-Leading Offense, But Can the Defense Play Its Part?," 20 Aug. 2019 These warts can be flat, raised, single, or in cauliflower-like clusters. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Does HPV Go Away on Its Own or Does It Stick Around Forever?," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Wart.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wart?pronunciation&lang=en_us&file=wart0001. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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