\ 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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Instead of a group of outsiders making up a fake San Francisco, these San Francisco natives offer a sincere, warts-and-all and ultimately triumphant tour of their city. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Scott McKenzie’s ‘San Francisco’ was a sham; now it’s our city anthem," 5 Sep. 2019 Your doctor may prescribe medicine, freeze or burn the warts off, or remove them with surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Does HPV Go Away on Its Own or Does It Stick Around Forever?," 8 Aug. 2019 In some ways, Paul is the kind of one-time superstar with warts the Heat have taken on in the past and come out better for it. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Can you talk yourself into backing a Heat trade for Chris Paul?," 12 July 2019 That would be a good outcome for the country, which deserves a chance to say whether the warts-and-all reality of Brexit matches up to the fantasy version it was sold in 2016. The Economist, "To stop no-deal, Tory MPs must be ready to bring down Boris Johnson," 27 July 2019 Emerging technologies, particularly those that have the potential to save human life and also to take lives, need an open debate and deserve a relatively transparent process — warts and all. Shira Ovide, Houston Chronicle, "Apple’s silence hurts effort on driverless cars," 28 June 2019 Male Visayan warty pigs have three sets of bumps on their faces, which aren’t warts at all. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Amazing photos of wild, warty pigs," 1 Mar. 2019 So that, alongside the muskets and child-friendly entertainment, a nuanced, warts-and-all version of the american revolution shines through. CBS News, "Inside the Museum of the American Revolution," 30 June 2019 For his part, Ruiz offers an unvarnished account of his life – warts, uppercuts and all. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Big spotlight means ‘everything changed’ for Imperial boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr.," 23 June 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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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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