malapertness

  • 1malapertness — 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.… …

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  • 2malapertness — See malapertly. * * * …

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  • 3malapertness — noun a) The condition of being malapert b) A malapert action of behaviour …

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  • 4malapertness — mælÉ™pÉœrtnɪs / pɜːt n. impudence, impertinence (Archaic) …

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  • 5malapertness — n. Insolence, sauciness, impudence, rudeness, forwardness …

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  • 6malapertness — mal·a·pert·ness …

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  • 7malapertness — noun see malapert I …

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  • 8malapert — malapertly, adv. malapertness, n. /mal euh perrt /, Archaic. adj. 1. unbecomingly bold or saucy. n. 2. a malapert person. [1375 1425; late ME: insolent < MF: unskillful. See MAL , PERT] * * * …

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  • 9malapert — (adj.) impudent, early 15c., from O.Fr. mal apert, lit. ill skilled, from mal badly (see MAL (Cf. mal )) + apert skillful, variant of espert experienced, skillful, clever (from L. expertus; see EXPERT (Cf. expert)). Rel …

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  • 10insolence — n. 1. Insulting rudeness, overbearing contempt, haughty disrespect, contumely. 2. Impertinence, impudence, sauciness, pertness, malapertness. 3. Contumacy, frowardness, impudent disrespect, insulting disobedience or insubordination …

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  • 11sauciness — n. Impertinence, insolence, impudence, pertness, malapertness, rudeness, petulance …

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  • 12malapert — /ˈmæləpɜt/ (say maluhpert) Archaic –adjective 1. unbecomingly bold or saucy. –noun 2. a malapert person. {Middle English, from Old French, from mal badly + appert, for espert, from Latin expertus expert} –malapertly, adverb …

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  • 13proper terms — This is the technical name for terms denoting groups of animals and birds, such as flight (of swallows) and pride (of lions), and occasionally people. Some, such as herd, have more general application (e.g. to cows, sheep, and elephants), while&#8230; …

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