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[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
1350-1400; 1905-10 for def 3; Middle English tarte < Middle French; compare Medieval Latin tarta
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British Dictionary definitions for tarting up

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 tarting up

tart

adj.

"having a sharp taste," late 14c., perhaps from Old English teart "painful, sharp, severe" (in reference to punishment, pain, suffering), of unknown origin; possibly related to the root of teran "to tear." Figurative use, with reference to words, speech, etc., is attested from c.1600.

n.

"small pie," c.1400, from Old French tarte "flat, open-topped pastry" (13c.), possibly an alteration of torte, from Late Latin torta "round loaf of bread" (in Medieval Latin "a cake, tart"), infl. in Middle English by tart (adj.).

"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 tarting up

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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