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[wawrt] /wɔrt/
a small, often hard, abnormal elevation on the skin, usually caused by a papomavirus.
any small protuberance, as on the surface of certain plants, the skin of certain animals, etc.
any unattractive detrimental feature or aspect:
The biography presents the full story of the prime minister's political career, warts and all.
Origin of wart
before 900; Middle English; Old English wearte; cognate with German Warze, Old Norse varta; akin to Latin verrūca wart
Related forms
warted, adjective
wartless, adjective Unabridged
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  • I've said the Indian must die, because he has no wart on his nose.

  • What is it when one kisses his mistress' freckle neck, another the wart on her nose?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • I like to reflect that Cromwell had a wart on his nose; the thought makes me more contented with my own features.

  • That was my school nickname, from a wart I once had on my chin.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • His habits were as set as the wart on his nose and he proposed to change neither one nor the other.

    The House of the Misty Star Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
  • He discovers a wart, he pries into a pore; and he calls it knowledge of man.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • But one day last week I just happened to look at my hands and there wasn't a wart to be seen.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • But, for God's sake, are you going to sit here like a wart on a dead dog an' wait for 'em?

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • We alighted almost in front of a quaint building which looked like an excrescence—a wart—on the visage of a dilapidated chapel.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
British Dictionary definitions for wart


(pathol) Also called verruca. any firm abnormal elevation of the skin caused by a virus
(botany) a small rounded outgrowth
warts and all, with all blemishes evident
Derived Forms
warted, adjective
wartlike, adjective
warty, adjective
Word Origin
Old English weart(e); related to Old High German warza, Old Norse varta
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Word Origin and History for wart

Old English wearte, from Proto-Germanic *warton- (cf. Old Norse varta, Old Frisian warte, Dutch wrat, Old High German warza, German warze "wart"), from PIE root *wer- (1) "high, raised spot on the body, or other bodily infirmity" (cf. Latin verruca "swelling, wart;" see vary). Phrase warts and all "without concealment of blemishes" is attested from 1763, supposedly from Oliver Cromwell's instruction to his portrait painter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wart in Medicine

wart (wôrt)
A hard, rough lump that grows on the skin and is caused by infection with certain viruses; it typically occurs on the hands or feet. Also called verruca, verruga.

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wart in Science
  1. A small growth on the skin caused by a virus, occurring typically on the hands or feet.

  2. A similar growth on a plant, especially one caused by a fungal disease.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wart

warp factor

noun phrase

A very large factor of multiplication; a high exponent: We feel it won't increase by warp factor five, either

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time warp

[1970s+; fr the notion of warp speed, a velocity greater than the speed of light, popularized in science fiction and especially by the TV series Star Trek; it is necessary to imagine such enormous speeds in order to keep fictional cosmic travel more or less in the realm of the humanly compassable]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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wart in Technology

A small, crocky feature that sticks out of an otherwise clean design. Something conspicuous for localised ugliness, especially a special-case exception to a general rule. For example, in some versions of "csh(1)", single quotes literalise every character inside them except "!". In ANSI C, the "?" syntax used for obtaining ASCII characters in a foreign environment is a wart. See also miswart.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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