I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English teart sharp, severe; akin to Middle High German traz spite Date: before 12th century 1. agreeably sharp or acid to the taste <
a tart apple
2. marked by a biting, acrimonious, or cutting quality <
a tart rejoinder
tartish adjectivetartly adverbtartness noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English tarte, from Anglo-French Date: 14th century 1. a dish baked in a pastry shell ; pie: as a. a small pie or pastry shell without a top containing jelly, custard, or fruit b. a small pie made of pastry folded over a filling 2. [earlier slang, girlfriend, probably short for jam tart, rhyming slang for sweetheart] prostitute

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Tart — Tart, a. [AS. teart. [root]63. Cf. {Tear}, v. t.] 1. Sharp to the taste; acid; sour; as, a tart apple. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Sharp; keen; severe; as, a tart reply; tart language; a tart rebuke. [1913 Webster] Why art thou tart, my brother?… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tart — tart·ish; tart·let; tart·ly; tart·ness; van·sit·tart·ism; tart; tart·ish·ly; …   English syllables

  • tart — tart1 [tärt] adj. [ME < OE teart < PGmc * trat < IE base * der > TEAR1] 1. sharp in taste; sour; acid; acidulous 2. sharp in meaning or implication; cutting [a tart answer] SYN. SOUR tartly adv. tartness n …   English World dictionary

  • tart — Ⅰ. tart [1] ► NOUN ▪ an open pastry case containing a sweet or savoury filling. DERIVATIVES tartlet noun. ORIGIN Old French tarte. Ⅱ. tart [2] ► …   English terms dictionary

  • Tart — Solicita una imagen para este artículo. Título Tart Ficha técnica …   Wikipedia Español

  • tart — [adj] bitter, sour in taste or effect acerb, acerbic, acetose, acid, acidulous, acrimonious, astringent, barbed, biting, caustic, cutting, dry, harsh, nasty, piquant, pungent, scathing, sharp, short, snappish, snappy, snippy, tangy, testy,… …   New thesaurus

  • Tart — Tart, n. [OE. tarte, F. tarte; perhaps originally the same word as tourte, LL. torta, fr. L. tortus, p. p. of torquere to twist, bend, wind, because tarts were originally made of a twisted shape. Cf. {Torture}, n.] A species of small open pie, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tart — Abreviatura del anión tartrato carboxilado. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • tart — index astringent, bitter (acrid tasting), caustic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • târţ — interj. v. pârţ. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime …   Dicționar Român

  • tart — adj *sour, acid, acidulous, dry Analogous words: piquant, *pungent: *sharp, keen: curt, brusque, blunt (see BLUFF): *irritable, snappish, waspish …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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