\ 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

Other Words from wart

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

Examples of wart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For quicker results, a dermatologist can burn off a wart with liquid nitrogen or remove it surgically. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 In the Mach-E, however, there is a camera wart on the steering column. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 6 Aug. 2021 They are intended to increase the immune system activity locally in and around the wart. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 June 2021 The unraveling inning revealed another Padres offensive wart. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 My finger looked like a huge, black, puss-oozing wart. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, 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, 22 Apr. 2020 The hair on his head sprouted in clumps; his face and hands were covered in warts. The Economist, 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, 31 May 2019 See More

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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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“Wart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wart. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wart


\ 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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