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tart1

[tahrt] /tɑrt/
adjective, tarter, tartest.
1.
sharp to the taste; sour or acid:
Tart apples are best for pie.
Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant.
Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.
2.
sharp in character, spirit, or expression; cutting; biting:
a tart remark.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English teart sharp, rough; akin to Dutch tarten to defy, Middle High German traz defiance
Related forms
tartish, adjective
tartishly, adverb
tartly, adverb
tartness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tartness

tart1

/tɑːt/
noun
1.
a pastry case often having no top crust, with a sweet or savoury filling
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tarte, of uncertain origin; compare Medieval Latin tarte

tart2

/tɑːt/
adjective
1.
(of a flavour, food, etc) sour, acid, or astringent
2.
cutting, sharp, or caustic a tart remark
Derived Forms
tartish, adjective
tartishly, adverb
tartly, adverb
tartness, noun
Word Origin
Old English teart rough; related to Dutch tarten to defy, Middle High German traz defiance

tart3

/tɑːt/
noun
1.
(informal) a promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute: often a term of abuse See also tart up
Derived Forms
tarty, adjective
Word Origin
C19: shortened from sweetheart
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Word Origin and History for tartness
tart
"having a sharp taste," late 14c., perhaps from O.E. teart "painful, sharp, severe" (in ref. to punishment, pain, suffering), of unknown origin; possibly related to the root of teran "to tear." Fig. use, with ref. to words, speech, etc., is attested from c.1600.
tart
"small pie," c.1400, from O.Fr. tarte "flat, open-topped pastry" (13c.), possibly an alteration of torte, from L.L. torta "round loaf of bread" (in M.L. "a cake, tart"), infl. in M.E. by tart (adj.).
tart
"prostitute," 1887, from earlier use as a term of endearment to a girl or woman (1864), sometimes said to be a shortening of sweetheart. But another theory traces it to jam-tart (see tart (n.1)), which was British slang early 19c. for "attractive woman." To tart (something) up is from 1938.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tartness

tart

noun

A promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute; harlot; hooker: nothing cheap for us like the grimy tarts on Mercury Street

[1887+; fr tart, the pastry confection, esp the English jam-tart; in original early 1800s use it meant any pleasant or attractive woman and only specialized at the end of the century]


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