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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

tart2

[tahrt] /tɑrt/
noun
1.
a small pie filled with cooked fruit or other sweetened preparation, usually having no top crust.
2.
a covered pie containing fruit or the like.
3.
Slang. a prostitute or promiscuous woman.
Verb phrases
4.
tart up, Slang. to adorn, dress, or decorate, especially in a flamboyant manner:
The old restaurant was tarted up to look like a Viennese café.
Origin
1350-1400; 1905-10 for def 3; Middle English tarte < Middle French; compare Medieval Latin tarta
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Examples for tart
  • Roll out pastry, line tart pan with the pastry and cover the pastry with foil.
  • Cut the tart into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
  • His supposed sins: he asked tart questions that cast doubt on the authorities and sought guests who had displeased them.
  • To prepare filling, mix all ingredients and fill tart shells.
  • Of course, vintage wine verbiage has long been the subject of crisp yet tart lampooning.
  • Their flavor is a complexly-delicious combination of tart and sweet.
  • The simple and tasty salt-and-pepper crust of this tart is worth making from scratch.
  • The strawberries were a little bit too tart for me, but were otherwise good.
  • There have been some requests for a basic tart crust recipe since my column on making walnut tart, so here you go.
  • No holiday meal in my city is complete without a milk tart.
British Dictionary definitions for tart

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 tart
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 tart

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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