1
a
: 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
3
a
: one that suggests a wart especially in smallness, unpleasantness, or unattractiveness
b
: defect, imperfection
often used in the phrase warts and all
warted adjective
wartless adjective
warty adjective

Examples of wart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The provider uses a very cold substance to freeze and remove warts or keratosis. Mark Gurarie, Health, 5 July 2024 As for science journalism, let’s report on the bigger picture of scientific progress, warts and all. Peter Aldhous, Scientific American, 2 July 2024 With a 3-7 record over their last 10 games, some warts have started to show. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 24 June 2024 Plantar warts: Typically growing on the sole—or the plantar surface—of feet, plantar warts may be painful. Sarah Bradley, Health, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for wart 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English wearte; akin to Old High German warza wart, Old Church Slavonic vrědŭ injury

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of wart was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wart. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

wart

noun
1
: a small hard growth on the skin often caused by a virus
2
: something that sticks out (as on a plant) and resembles a wart
warty adjective

Medical Definition

wart

noun
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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