malapertness

malapert

[mal-uh-purt] Archaic.
adjective
1.
unbecomingly bold or saucy.
noun
2.
a malapert person.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English: insolent < Middle French: unskillful. See mal-, pert

malapertly, adverb
malapertness, noun
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malapert (ˈmæləˌpɜːt)
 
adj
1.  saucy or impudent
 
n
2.  a saucy or impudent person
 
[C15: from Old French: unskilful (see mal-, expert); meaning in English influenced by apert frank, from Latin apertus open]
 
'malapertly
 
adv
 
'malapertness
 
n

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malapert
"impudent," c.1420, from O.Fr. mal apert, lit. "ill-skilled," from mal- "badly" + apert "skillful," variant of espert "experienced, skillful, clever" (from L. expertus, see expert).
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