malapert mal"a*pert (m[a^]l"[.a]*p[~e]rt), a. [OF. malapert unskillful, ill-taught, ill-bred; mal ill + apert open, adroit, intelligent, L. apertus, p. p. of aperire to open. See {Malice}, and {Aperient}.] Bold; forward; impudent; saucy; pert. --Shak. -- n. A malapert person. [1913 Webster]

Are you growing malapert! Will you force me to make use of my authority ? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] -- {Mal"a*pert`ly}, adv. -- {mal"a*pert`ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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