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malapert

[mal-uh-purt] /ˈmæl əˌpɜrt/
adjective
1.
unbecomingly bold or saucy.
noun
2.
a malapert person.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English: insolent < Middle French: unskillful. See mal-, pert
Related forms
malapertly, adverb
malapertness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for malapertness

malapert

/ˈmæləˌpɜːt/
adjective
1.
saucy or impudent
noun
2.
a saucy or impudent person
Derived Forms
malapertly, adverb
malapertness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French: unskilful (see mal-, expert); meaning in English influenced by apert frank, from Latin apertus open
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Word Origin and History for malapertness

malapert

adj.

"impudent," early 15c., from Old French mal apert, literally "ill-skilled," from mal- "badly" (see mal-) + apert "skillful," variant of espert "experienced, skillful, clever" (from Latin expertus; see expert). Related: Malapertly; malapertness.

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