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 vulgarisb : 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
wartedplay \ˈwȯr-təd\ adjective
wartlessplay \ˈwȯrt-ləs\ adjective
wartyplay \ˈwȯr-tē\ adjective
Recent Examples of wart from the Web
The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz has a green face and a noticeable wart.
Remember: Warts and all, Minnesota was a top-10 team on offense last season.
The NFL also has any number of warts to contend with that aren’t remedied by its principle figurehead simply mixing with fans and players.
The boss Democrats want Pritzker to bulldoze the nomination before he's fully vetted, before any more warts become visible.
The warts-and-all anecdotes usually came from people outside of the corporate world, such as comedian Marc Maron, who presented his career as a cascade of professional and romantic failures.
Maloney, who oversaw about 100 staffers at the executive office, said their faith in Clinton's ability to be a good president — warts and all — was what kept everyone going.
A 14-year-old dog with a mouthful of bad teeth, a wart on his head and a kidney infection.
Mary Miller presents her husband's story, warts and all, with special emphasis on his hit songs.
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Origin and Etymology of wart
Middle English, from Old English wearte; akin to Old High German warza wart, Old Church Slavonic vrědŭ injury
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WART Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wart for English Language Learners
: a small, hard lump on the skin caused by a virus
: a defect or fault
WART Defined for Kids
Definition of wart for Students
: a small hard lump of thickened skin caused by a virus
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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